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Romantic Intimacy$
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Nancy Yousef

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786096

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786096.001.0001

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Sentimental Justice

Sentimental Justice

Hume, Wordsworth, and the Ends of Sympathy

(p.71) 3 Sentimental Justice
Romantic Intimacy

Nancy Yousef

Stanford University Press

Chapter Three brings to the fore the tensions between ethical and emotional recognition of others in the philosophy of David Hume and the poetry of William Wordsworth. For both writers, response to the stranger in need is the experimental ground for exploration of the potential conflict between sympathy and justice. The formal complexities and lack of narrative resolution in Wordsworth's poems of encounter evince the romantic inheritance and transformation of eighteenth century theories of sympathy.

Keywords:   Sympathy, justice, recognition, response, ethics, encounter, charity

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