empathy antedated to 1895

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri May 17 09:55:12 UTC 2013

OED has 1904 [and the German Vorlage as 1903]

The Philosophical Review 4 (1895) 673, in a summary of a German publication [though the sense may be different]:

For the capacity factor of psychophysical energy the name 'empathy' is proposed. Empathy is then a physical quantity, a physiological brain-function, and is defined as the relation of the whole energy at any change of the central organ to the intensity.


Stephen Goranson

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