Mixed Feelings, Mixed Metaphors: Hume On Tragic Pleasure

British Journal of Aesthetics 51 (3):259-269 (2011)
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The principle with which Hume accounts for the seemingly unaccountable pleasure that we take in tragic drama is placed in its theoretical context, and the various metaphors that Hume uses in describing this principle are examined. These metaphors are then brought to bear on an interpretative controversy concerning the result of Hume's principle for the subordinate passion. It is argued that, while Hume's considered position should have been that this passion is destroyed at the end of the process, it is most likely that Hume did not consider the question very carefully, so as to form a definite answer in his own mind
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