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In Defense of Sentimentality

Robert C. Solomon


Philosophy has as much to do with feelings as it does with thoughts and thinking. It requires sensitivity and a kind of devotion as well as curiosity about the world and a critical spirit. It is a fascination not only with abstract ideas and logically possible worlds but with concrete and very real human concerns and engagements, “the human condition” To be a philosopher is to be steadfastly attentive to what it means to be human, to the passions as well as to much-celebrated “rationality” It is to be concerned with what it means to “exist,” to the satisfactions and worries and real life joys ... More

Keywords: emotions, sentimentality, sentiment/ sentiments, kitsch, philosophy, love, erotic love, sympathy, compassion,forgiveness, reasons and rationality, grief, gratitude, anger, vengeance, horror, seven deadly sins, spirituality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004 DOI:10.1093/019514550X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert C. Solomon, author
University of Texas, Austin