Martha C. Nussbaum develops an idea of political compassion based on her cognitive theory of emotions and her normative theory of human development: the capabilities approach. She conceives compassion as a set of value judgements in the three areas: seriousness of loss, responsibility, and concern of others. Pointing out the possibility of rational examination of those three judgements, Nussbaum claims compassion to be a reasonable emotion. This gives way to understand compassion not only as a personal emotio…
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