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The Promise of Reconciliation through Sympathy
by Moser, Raphael Faith, M.A., State University of New York at Albany, 2017, 108; 10277493
Abstract (Summary)

A history of policies and practices of racial injustice against black Americans in the United States has contributed to dissension between the races. This thesis will examine the separate theories of sympathy formulated by David Hume and Adam Smith, in order to locate potential means to attenuate the divisiveness between the races.

The debilitating effects of racism permeate communities, and has pervaded education, housing, employment, and the criminal justice system. This paper will not address these complex issues, in order to focus on a topic with narrower scope. The paper will concentrate on thinking through both theories of sympathy with regard to a recent controversy involving the painting Open Casket (2016), painted by white female artist Dana Schutz. The painting has been the source of a significant debate, regarding the right and propriety of a white artist to paint the disfigured body of Emmett Till laid in his casket.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cohon, Rachel
Commitee: Mandle, Jon
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy
Publication Number: 10277493
ISBN: 978-1-369-76228-0
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