Compassion As a Means to Freedom

The Humanist 59 (4):35-39 (1999)
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Abstract

To pursue the cultivation of a compassionate disposition is often perceived as an external demand, constraining one's individual freedom. Some might think of it as a necessary burden for the benefit of society, while others may exercise it only in the most convenient occasions. This most common view is gravely impoverished. Compassion is in fact a cognitive disposition with a certain historical life that actually frees us from our own perceptive constraints.

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Julian Friedland
Metropolitan State University of Denver

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