Fellows' Presentation

Compassion's Edge

Fellow-Feeling and Its Limits in Early Modern France

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony RinaldoKatherine Ibbett will pursue the political inflections of the language of fellow-feeling—pity, compassion, and charitable care—that flourished in France in the decades after the religious wars of the late 16th century. She will explore whether compassion (then or now) can ever be said to constitute a coherent political project.