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A way of feeling. A person's aesthetic or ethical sensibility is described by telling what kinds of situation generate different kinds of aesthetic or ethical response. The cult of sensibility in the mid-18th century celebrated a response to life charged with high emotion, as in the novelist Samuel Richardson, and the philosophers Rousseau and Goethe. See also Romanticism.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).


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