Adventures of a Female Werther
Philosophy and Literature ; Baltimore Vol. 23, Iss. 1, (Apr 1999): 110-126.
Click on the image to the left to read the article.
"...On the one hand it emphasizes quotidian virtues, accessible to all, such as seeing, feeling, and sympathizing, and on the other, rarity and heroism enter because people of sensibility are defined as being at odds with "men of the world" (Encyclopédie above). [...] as the passions and nerves grew reasonable and even moral, the need arose, within the cult of sensibility, to cultivate them rather than suppress them."