Unformatted text preview: This characteristic of human nature is illustrated again in the case of the theater, where the feelings and attitudes of the actors on the stage are communicated to the people who make up the audience. Let the actors express anger, resentment, sorrow, or rejoicing, and these feelings will be imitated, though to a lesser degree, by the people who observe them. Something like this is, according to Hume, the reason why the most entertaining form of poetry is the pastoral type, wherein the images of a gentle and tender tranquillity are communicated to people in terms of the common experiences of everyday life. The reading of history furnishes another example of the way in which the feelings and sentiments of those who lived in former times are communicated to the ones who read about them. The noble actions of the past are applauded and the vices condemned as one does to some extent repeat...
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- Fall '11
- social virtues, judgment selfish actions, altruistic ones