Lou Agosta received his PhD from the UChicago Philosophy Department writing a thesis entitled Empathy and Interpretation with a committee of Stephen Toulmin, Paul Ricoeur, and Bill Wimsatt. Lou's latest publication is entitled Empathy in the Context of Philosophy, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2010). Lou's current project is creating and implementing the possibility of empathy in a variety of contexts. Lou taught philosophy for nine years at Loyola University, DePaul University, Roosevelt University, St. Xavier College, Oakton Community College. He then decided that he would get more results finding the love of his life - a wife - if he had more money. He took two classes in computer programming, and working as a systems analyst for many years. After writing a book on databases (The Essential Guide to Data Warehousing (Prentice Hall)), he became an "industry analyst" for Giga Information Group, providing Fortune 500 clients with analysis and trends in information technology and business. When IBM eliminated Lou's job in 2008, he wrote the above cited book (Empathy in the Context of Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan 2010)). There are currently (2010) two unpublished volumes in the series. He was most recently (Q2 2010) accepted as a candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and is completely prerequisites at Rush University Medical College in Diagnostic Interviewing, Group Dynamics, and Psychopharmacology for non-MDs. Other publications include:
“Heidegger’s 1924 Clearing of the Affects in Aristotle’s Rhetoric, Book II,” Philosophy Today, November 2010.
“Empathy and Intersubjectivity,” in Empathy I, edited by Joseph Lichtenberg, pp. 43-61, Lawrence Erlbaum & Assoc., Hillsdale, NJ, 1984.
“Kant’s Treasure Hard-to-Attain,” Kant-Studien, pp. 421-443, Vol. 4, 1978.
“The Recovery of Feelings in a Folktale,” Journal of Religion and Health, pp. 287-297, Vol. 19, No. 4, Winter 1980. “
“Intersecting Languages in Psychoanalysis and Philosophy,” International Journal of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, pp. 506-534, Vol. 5, 1976.
“Kant’s Problem of the Existence of the External World: Historical, Systematic, Critical,” in Akten des 5. Internationalen Kant-Kongress, I.2, pp. 387-393, Mainz, April 1981.
“Review of Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte,” Computing Reviews, August 1996, p. 410 [9608-0590].
“Review of Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation by James M. Utterback,” Computing Reviews, November 1997, Vol. 38, No.11, p. 564 [9711-0904].
“Review of The Computer and the Mind: An Introduction to Cognitive Science,” Computing Reviews, May 1990, p. 248 [9005-0371].
“Review of Kurt Gödel: Collected Works: Vol I,” Computing Reviews, February 1991, p. 80, [9102-0041].
A substantial amount of research has been devoted to the concept of empathy. However, empathy remains controversial, under-theorized, and subject to conflicting and opportunistic uses. Its systematic role in human experience has not been analyzed and...