Introduction Overview The Good Samaritan reprise American compassion in a global age : convenient samaritanism Dispatches from the road to Jericho : why we need compassion more than ever Challenges to authentic samaritanism What are they saying about compassion in philosophical ethics? Compassion as expression of emotive reasoning Compassion as virtue for moral development Compassion as a virtue for social order Philosophical foundations for new compassion What are they saying about compassion in theological ethics? Sacred narratives of divine compassion Compassion and politically dangerous discipleship Compassion and social transformation Which of these was a neighbor to the person suffering from injustice? Compassion as "upheaval" in the political philosophy of Martha C. Nussbaum Perceiving reality : artistotelian liberalism from ancient Greece to the United Nations Interpreting reality : the upheaval of emotions Transforming reality : the capability approach to justice Political compassion as personal and social upheaval Compassion as "interruption" in the political theology of Johann Baptist Metz Facing the suffering people Perceiving reality : compassion as political Interpreting reality : compassion as mystical Transforming reality : an anthropology of the political subject Political compassion as a first-world interruption Christian ethics after Katrina : political compassion in social disasters The massively uneven tragedies of a social disaster Perceiving social disasters through relational anthropology Interpreting social disasters through interruptions Transforming social disasters through empowerment, humility, and solidarity Compassion after Katrina Transforming the Jericho road : political compassion and global ethics Global ethics? : an age-old question with new-age urgency Political compassion : loving our neighbor in an age of globalization Justice as experiential vision A reprise of the Good Samaritan.