In Defense of Sentimentality (Passionate Life)

In Defense of Sentimentality (Passionate Life)

Robert C. Solomon


Philosophy has as a lot to do with emotions because it does with suggestions and considering. Philosophy, consequently, calls for not just emotional sensitivity yet an realizing of the feelings, no longer as curious yet marginal mental phenomena yet because the very substance of existence. during this, the second one e-book in a sequence dedicated to his paintings at the feelings, Robert Solomon offers a protection of the sentiments and of sentimentality opposed to the history of what he perceives as a protracted heritage of abuse in philosophy and social idea and paintings and literary feedback. The identify piece reopens a vintage debate concerning the position of sentimentality in artwork and literature. In next chapters, Solomon discusses not just such "moral sentiments" as sympathy and compassion but in addition grief, gratitude, love, horror, or even vengeance. He additionally defends, with acceptable warning, the "seven lethal sins." the feelings, no less than a few emotions--are necessary to a well-lived existence. they're or might be virtues, gains of the human with out which civilized existence will be unimaginable.

Show sample text content

Download sample