Empathy: a handbook for revolution, published in the US as Empathy, why it matters and how to get it.
Roman Krznaric, Rider Books, 2014
The importance of empathy
For philosopher Roman Krznaric, western society has painted itself into something of a corner. The prevailing political and social orthodoxy of our time is rooted in competition, the needs of the individual and introspective obsessions. This means that 21st century western society is missing a trick or two because we tend to neglect the kind of collaborative skills and thinking that could transform our individual talents into something greater. He argues that effective collaboration depends on the ability to see things from another’s point of view: in other words, to empathise with others.