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The evolution of sympathy in the long eighteenth century / by Jonathan Lamb.

Author / Creator Lamb, Jonathan, 1945-
Imprint London ; Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2009.
Description 181 p. ; 25 cm.
Language English
Series The Enlightenment world ; no. 12
Enlightenment world ; no. 12.
Subject Sympathy -- History -- 18th century.
Social ethics -- History -- 18th century.
Social ethics.
Format Print, Book
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ISBN 9781851968541 (hbk.)
1851968547 (hbk.)
9781851966905 (ebk.)
1851966900 (ebk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This work represents a concise history of sympathy in the 18th and early 19th centuries, considering the phenomenon of shared feeling from five related angles: charity, the market, global exploration, theatre and torture. Sympathy ... made it possible for people to share sentiments so vividly that neither reason nor self-interest could limit the degree to which individuals might care for others, or act involuntarily on their behalf ... The history of sympathy seems to involve a dialectic to immediacy and artifice in which the knowledge of what it is like to be someone else is alternately the product of involuntary passion and of conscious manipulation. The question of social virtue, where it comes from, how it is aroused and in what direction it tends is perpetually being interrogated with no definite answer ever emerging."--P. [4] of cover.
Other form Online version: Lamb, Jonathan, 1945- Evolution of sympathy in the long eighteenth century. London ; Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2009

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