David Pugmire

in Sound Sentiments

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

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Sophistication can be a virtue. Cynics lay claim to it; it allows one to settle for and negotiate the reality of mixed emotions; moreover, the refusal to stereotype or simplify things in the attempt to see them for what they unobviously are, belongs to the truthfulness needed for sound emotion. However, it also tempts pride with superiority of insight. However, the idea that few things are what they seem makes trust in spontaneous emotional reactions difficult. Sophistitcation can become a posture of irony in which nothing is ever quite believed; and this is inimical to all but the most tentative emotion.

Keywords: affective grasp; against the grain; ambivalent emotion; complexity; Confidence; French Moralists; ironist; paradigm scenarios; power; virtue

Chapter.  5917 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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