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On Compassion

  • Paul Bloom, Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2016)

  • Natan Sznaider, The Compassionate Temperament: Care and Cruelty in Modern Society (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001)

  • Ira Rabois, Compassionate Critical Thinking (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)

  • Paul Gilbert, Compassion: Concepts, Research and Applications (London: Routledge, 2017)

  • Paul Gilbert and Choden, Mindful Compassion: Using the Power of Mindfulness and Compassion to Transform Our Lives (London: Constable and Robinson, 2014)

  • Peter Bazalgette, The Empathy Instinct: How to Create a More Civil Society (London: John Murray Publisher, 2017)

  • Thomas G. Plante (ed.), The Psychology of Compassion and Cruelty: Understanding the Emotional, Spiritual, and Religious  Influences (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2015)

  • Thomas Szasz, Cruel Compassion: Psychiatric Control of Society's Unwanted (New York: Syracuse University Press, 1998)

  • Karen Armstrong, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (New York: Anchor Books edition, 2011)

  • Roman Krznaric, Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution (London: Rider, 2014)

  • Rob Linrothe, Ruthless Compassion (Boston: Shambhala, 1999)

  • Pope Francis, Little Book of Compassion: The Essential Reading (London: HarperCollins, 2017)

  • Keith Tester, Compassion, Morality and the Media (Philadelphia: Open University Press, 2001)

  • Mary Renck Jalongo (ed.), Teaching Compassion: Humane Education in Early Childhood (Cham: Springer, 2014)

  • Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, Islam on Mercy and Compassion (London: Minhaj-ul-Quran Publication, 2013)

  • Ilia Delia, Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis (Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2011) 

  • Khen Lampert, Traditions of Compassion: From Religious Duty to Social Activism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) 

  • Allan Kellehear, Compassionate Cities: Public Health and End-of-life Care ( London: Routledge, 2008)

  • Denise Lardner Carmody and John Tully Carmody,  Serene Compassion: A Christian Appreciation of Buddhist Holiness (Oxford: OUP, 1996)

  • Emma M. Seppälä, Emiliana Simon- Thomas, Stephanie L. Brown and Monica C. Worline (eds.) , Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)

  • Dalai Lama and Bao Luu, The Seed of Compassion: Lessons from the Life and Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (London: Puffin Publishers, 2020)

  • Jenny Donovan, Designing The Compassionate City: Creating Places Where People Thrive (New York: Routledge, 2018)

  • Justin Caouette and Carolyn Price (eds.), Moral Psychology of Compassion (London: Rowman and  Littlefield,, 2018)

  • Marvin Olasky, The Tragedy of American Compassion (Washington: Regnery Publishing, 1992)

  • Marshall b. Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (Indore: Banyan Tree Publishers, 2017)

  • Michael Ure and Mervyn Frost (eds), Politics of Compassion  ( London and New York: Routledge,  2014)

  • Paul Gibbs (ed.), The Pedagogy of Compassion at the Heart of Higher Education (Cham: Springer, 2017)

  • Sarah EH Moore, Ribbon Culture: Charity, Compassion and Public Awareness (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

  • Sheila C. Moeschen, Acts  of Conspicuous Compassion: Performance Culture and American Charity Practices (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2013)

  • Susan D. Moeller, Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death (New York: Routledge, 1996) 

  • William J. Bennett (ed.), The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993)

  • William Voegeli, The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion (Northampton: Broadside Books, 2014)

  • This list will grow in different course related categories. You can help us grow it.

Critical readings list will be provided later. Links, book review references, and handouts will also be provided as we go through the learning journey. Please explore and make sense of the large canvas on which the ideas, meanings, institutions and practices of compassion are articulated. 
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