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In Defense of Sentimentality$
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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/019514550X.001.0001

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In Defense of Sentimentality

In Defense of Sentimentality

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In Defense of Sentimentality

Robert C. Solomon

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Too often, since the 19th century, sensitivity is dismissed as mere “sentimentality” in philosophy and in literature. It is charged that sentimentality is distorting, self-indulgent, self-deceptive. I argue that all of these charges are misplaced or themselves distorted and betray a suspicion of emotions and the tender sentiments that is unwarranted.

Keywords:   sentimentality, emotions, sentiment/sentiments, Moral Sentiment Theory, moral sentiment theorists, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, self-indulgence, self-deception

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