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In this oddly sexual account of an interaction with a fille de chambre, Yorick remarks that the fille de chambre is so sentimentally in tune with himself that they must be related. Yorick had previously described the girl as "submissive" and…

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…

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Mary Shelley, daughter of famed English philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, wrote Frankenstein at the start of the nineteenth century as the framed narrative of an inanimate heap of body parts brought together through an unknown process to…

This quote support Smith's point that humans are able to experience a "fellow-feeling" for others: we come to "conceive or to be affected by what he[another person] feels." Hume is suggesting that minds of men have the ability to reflect each others…

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For some comparisons the closer the two things are the easier it is to compare them and make a sympathetic response.

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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…

The excerpt accounts the views on man based on his emotional/sentimental behavior. Those who are sympathetic and willing to listen amiable, while those who are only concerned with themselves are disagreeable. This statement exemplifies Smith's ideas…

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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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