In Defense of Sentimentality

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$88.99
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $50.27
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 49%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $50.27   
  • New (2) from $50.27   
  • Used (2) from $50.37   

Overview

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 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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In Defense of Sentimentality is witty, funny and surprising 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 of humor to come to the defense of emotions not always considered in the need of defense, really is divine." - Metapsychology Online Reviews

"In Defense of Sentamentality does not merely outline a philosophy of the heart; in defending the legitimacy of passionate experience, it also makes an articulate plea in favor of putting the heart back in to philosophy." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Solomon's book is a rich, provocative, and far-ranging work filled with helpful examples from daily life, literature, and the history of philosophy."—Thomas Nadelhoffer, Philosophical Psychology

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195145502
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2004
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 In defense of sentimentality 3
2 Sympathy and vengeance : the role of feelings in justice 20
3 Care and compassion : moral sentiment theory revisited 43
4 On grief and gratitude 75
5 Real horror 108
6 Comic relief : in appreciation of the seven deadly sins 131
7 Spirituality as sentimentality 148
8 The virtue of (erotic) love 165
9 Reasons for love 189
10 A lover's reply (to Roland Barthes's A lover's discourse) 219
11 On kitsch and sentimentality 235
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)