Jeremy Rifkin – The Empathic Civilisation

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.

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Rifkin’s relatively optimistic view of humanity may not stand very well with the overly pessimistic anthropological perspective of the neo-reformed, but it makes lots of sense to me.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

2 thoughts on “Jeremy Rifkin – The Empathic Civilisation”

  1. He’s on the right track, I think. But it’s too narrow to suggest that mirror neurons ONLY lead us to Homo Empathicus. Mirror Neurons enable us to imitate ANY action or motivation we discern in the Other. Which is why, more often than not, we are Homo Acquisitus which leads to Homo Murderous. But Rifkin has certainly provided a thoughtful and stimulating analysis.


    1. Indeed, Philip, his one sided optimism blinds him, the same way in which anthropological pessimism blinds the neo-reformed at the other end of the spectrum.


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