Hume, Wordsworth, and the Ends of Sympathy
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.
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