chapter  2
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Compassionate engagement

ByLaura D’Olimpio

Critical perspectivism is an attitude that supports a practise of being morally engaged in the world by processing and understanding information received from multimedia sources in a critical and compassionate manner. A moral agent who is critically perspectival will be critical of what they read, see and hear, while also being appropriately compassionate towards others. In this way, critical perspectivism builds upon Martha Nussbaum’s ‘loving attitude’, her version of ethical attention, which encourages the moral agent to use their sympathetic imagination as well as their intellect in order to understand the facts of a particular situation and ‘see’ how to appropriately respond to ethical situations and decision making.