In Defense of Sentimentality
By (author) Professor Robert C. Solomon
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In Defense of Sentimentality by Professor Robert C. Solomon
Book DescriptionPhilosophy 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195145502
(243mm x 164mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Professor Robert C. Solomon
Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Paperback (March 2013)
A series that offers quality editions of important works of literature to the student and the general reader, each featuring new scholarship and pages of carefully crafted extras. It pulls together a constellation of influences; biographical, historical and literary, to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
True to Our Feelings, Paperback (April 2008)
The story of our lives is the story of our passions. We fall in love, we are gripped by scientific curiosity and religious fervor, we fear death and grieve for others, we humble ourselves in envy, jealousy, and resentment. In this remarkable book, Robert Solomon shares his fascination with the emotions and illuminates our passions in an exciting new way.
Little Philosophy Book, Paperback (August 2007)» View all books by Professor Robert C. Solomon
In this short exploration of major philosophical questions Solomon engages students in an exploration of the self, the universe, and the nature of truth and morality. He addresses perennial questions in an accessible style with attention to history and other cultures. The ideal introduction to a philosophy course.
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Author Biography - 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.
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