Koç, Mustafa
January 2005
Ekev Academic Review;Winter2005, Vol. 9 Issue 22, p49
Academic Journal
The notion of ‘empathy’ with its psycho-social meaning was defined and its usage as a communication skill in the context of interpersonal communication and empathy was explained. The concept of empathy as a qualitative way of understanding in the context of subjectiveness-objectiveness problem and its value regarding empirical knowledge were discussed. Subsequently, theoretical considerations on whether the empathy could be used as one of the methods of data collection and, if so, whether the data acquired through employing empathy could be considered as scientific knowledge or not were evaluated. It is concluded that the status of the data derived through empathy is related to whether the introspection method is scientifically practicable in the psychological studies of religion or not.


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