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In Defense of Sentimentality

Robert C. Solomon

in In Defense of Sentimentality

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195145502
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834969 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019514550X.003.0001
 In Defense of Sentimentality

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Too often, since the 19th century, sensitivity is dismissed as mere “sentimentality” in philosophy and in literature. It is charged that sentimentality is distorting, self-indulgent, self-deceptive. I argue that all of these charges are misplaced or themselves distorted and betray a suspicion of emotions and the tender sentiments that is unwarranted.

Keywords: sentimentality; emotions; sentiment/sentiments; Moral Sentiment Theory; moral sentiment theorists; Hume; Rousseau; Kant; self-indulgence; self-deception

Chapter.  8215 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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