Sentiment and Sentimentality

David Pugmire

in Sound Sentiments

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276899
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602689 | DOI:
Sentiment and Sentimentality

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Sentimentality, the most easily recognizable of emotional vices, is often charged with subordinating truth to desired emotional effect. Yet there can be good reasons for doing that. Where there is fault, it lies in allowing the real importance of the object to be subordinated to its emotive utility to the agent. Sentimental concern is narcissistic: it is not with the actual significance of an object but with the emotional impact of that on oneself. In thus being indifferent to the object in its own right, the sentimental attitude is actually cynical.

Keywords: community; confessional culture; motivation; narcissism; participant; profane; truthfulness; vice

Chapter.  8699 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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