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Cynicism and Safe Sentiment

David Pugmire

in Sound Sentiments

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276899
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602689 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276897.003.0007
Cynicism and Safe Sentiment

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Cynicism, with its wariness of pleasant views, appeals as a prophylactic against sentimentality. It offers to forswear good feeling and live with bleak truth. Cynicism is one of five related attitudes. Less truthful than it seems, it is insistent and motivated, for it is driven by disdain and pride. As such, it manages to be at once emotionally constrictive and sentimental, after all.

Keywords: complicitous cynicism; disillusionment; gullibility; high cynicism; irony; nihilism; pride; resignation; scepticism; sentimentality

Chapter.  9903 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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