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In defense of sentimentality

Author: Robert C Solomon
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Solomon, Robert C.
In defense of sentimentality.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)652259129
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert C Solomon
ISBN: 019514550X 9780195145502
OCLC Number: 53045172
Description: xiv, 297 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: In defense of sentimentality --
Sympathy and vengeance : the role of feelings in justice --
Care and compassion : moral sentiment theory revisited --
On grief and gratitude --
Real horror --
Comic relief : in appreciation of the seven deadly sins --
Spirituality as sentimentality --
The virtue of (erotic) love --
Reasons for love --
A lover's reply (to Roland Barthes's A lover's discourse) --
On kitsch and sentimentality.
Other Titles: Sentimentality
Responsibility: Robert C. Solomon.
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Philosophy has as much to do with feelings as it does with thoughts and thinking. It requires not only emotional sensitivity but an understanding of the emotions. This book presents a defence of the  Read 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 Read more...

 
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