I am finishing a blog post and decided I really wasn't sure that I knew the difference between empathy and pathos, or if they were even related at all, or if they might even mean the same thing.
So I used garden variety Bing search and got the difference between empathy and sympathy, which I hadn't asked.
So I asked GPT 4 Bing "what's the difference between empathy and pathos?
Here's what Bing said:
"In general, “sympathy” is when you share the feelings of another; “empathy” is when you understand the feelings of another but do not necessarily share them. The nouns share a common root: the Greek noun pathos, meaning “feelings, emotion, or passion.” Pathos itself refers to the evocation of pity or compassion in a work of art or literature1. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. It is often described as “putting oneself in someone else’s shoes.” Empathy involves not only recognizing someone’s emotions but also feeling them2. Pathos, on the other hand, is a rhetorical device used to evoke emotion in an audience. It is often used in speeches, advertisements, and literature to appeal to the audience’s emotions and persuade them to take a particular action2."
It turns out, as is frequently the case, my literary instinct was pretty close to being accurate.