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Sympathy and the Basis of Morality

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According to George Eliot, "the greatest benefit we owe to the artist, whether painter, poet, or novelist, is the extension of our sympathies". In her view, morality does not need any theological foundation and is better off without it. The basic error in the Christian views is their failure to recognize that sympathy is the basis of morality and religion. Three types of sympathy are discussed in this chapter, and all are differently related to morality. The author argues that Eliot has descr...

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10.1002/9781118542347.ch20

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Author
Publisher:
John Wiley and Sons
Pages:
277-293
Host title:
A Companion to George Eliot
Publication date:
2013-04-01
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312070
ISBN:
9780470655993
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pubs:312070
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2013-11-16

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