In Defense of Sentimentality

In Defense of Sentimentality

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Philosophy has as much to do with feelings as it does with thoughts and thinking. Philosophy, accordingly, requires not only emotional sensitivity but an understanding of the emotions, not as curious but marginal psychological phenomena but as the very substance of life. In this, the second book in a series devoted to his work on the emotions, Robert Solomon presents a defense of the emotions and of sentimentality against the background of what he perceives as a long history of abuse in philosophy and social thought and art and literary criticism. The title piece reopens a classic debate about the role of sentimentality in art and literature. In subsequent chapters, Solomon discusses not only such "moral sentiments" as sympathy and compassion but also grief, gratitude, love, horror, and even vengeance. He also defends, with appropriate caution, the "seven deadly sins". The emotions-at least, some emotions-are essential to a well-lived life. They are or can be virtues, features of the human condition without which civilized life would be unimaginable.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 28mm | 621.43g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 019514550X
  • 9780195145502
  • 1,210,334

About Professor Robert C. Solomon

Robert C. Solomon was Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Philosophy at University of Texas at Austin, and author of Living with Nietzsche, The Joy of Philosophy, In the Spirit of Hegel, From Hegel to Existentialism, Continental Philosophy Since 1750, among others.show more

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In Defense of Sentimentality is witty, funny and suprising and a great read for philosophers and non-philosophers alike. Having a sense of humor, says solomon, is divine. The way Solomon uses a sense of humor to come to the defense of emotions not always considered in need of defense, really is divine. * Gerda Wever-Rabehl, Simon Frazer University *show more

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