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From Empathy to Community

Nathanson, Donald L
June 4, 2015

Source: (1997) The Annual of Psychoanalysis (25).

Nathanson presents a long discussion of a theory of affect (emotion) developed by Michael Franz Basch (based at least in part on the affect theory of Sylvan Tomkins). Nathanson examines Tomkins’s account of affect and Basch’s account of empathy based on Tomkins. He then applies these ideas on affect and empathy to victims and offenders – in particular to family group conferencing, reintegrative shaming, and the sense of community.


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