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The Death of Phocio
This 1804 painting by Joseph Denis Odevaere depicts the Athenian statesman Phocion watching stoically as his friends die by drinking poison. The condemned Phocion and his friends were sentenced to death and ordered to consume poison, but the poison…

In this excerpt, Sterne parodies Tristram's sentimental attraction to Maria by depicting her dividing her affections between Tristram and a goat. Tristram, the sentimental object, is ostensibly empathetic to Maria's sorrow and emotion. However, when…

This excerpt from Fielding's "Shamela" demonstrates the completeness and vulgarity of Fielding's parody of "Pamela." Fielding very clearly intends for "Shamela" to highlight the controversial undertones of "Pamela," and these undertones are painfully…

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René Descartes's "Discourse on the Method" is best known for featuring the phrase now synonymous with the name Descartes: "Cogito, ergo sum" ("I think, therefore I am"). In this excerpt, Descartes argues that the soul, the "being" of the human, is…

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In this excerpt from "The Theory of Moral Sentiments," Smith asserts that there is no way to directly understand the experience of others beside relating their experience to your proprietary experience. Smith asserts that the strength of our…

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The rise of sentimentalism brought a new emphasis on emotion and non-rationalism into the philosophical zeitgeist, which led to often striking displays of emotion. This movement soon led to the characterization of those mentally affected people whose…
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