A Sentimentalist Theory of the Mind

Hardcover | May 20, 2014

byMichael Slote

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Michael Slote argues that emotion is involved in all human thought and action on conceptual grounds, rather than merely being causally connected with other aspects of the mind. This kind of general sentimentalism about the mind goes beyond that advocated by Hume, and the book's main argumentsare only partially anticipated in German Romanticism and in the Chinese philosophical tendency to avoid rigid distinctions between thought and emotion. The new sentimentalist philosophy of mind Slote proposes can solve important problems about the nature of belief and action that other approaches -including Pragmatism - fail to address. In arguing for the centrality of emotion within philosophy of the mind, A Sentimentalist Theory of the Mind continues the critique of rationalist philosophical views that began with Slote's Moral Sentimentalism (OUP, 2010) and continued in his From Enlightenment to Receptivity (OUP, 2013). This newbook also delves into what is distinctive about human minds, arguing that there is a greater variety to ordinary human motives than has been recognized and that emotions play a central role in this complex psychology.

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Michael Slote argues that emotion is involved in all human thought and action on conceptual grounds, rather than merely being causally connected with other aspects of the mind. This kind of general sentimentalism about the mind goes beyond that advocated by Hume, and the book's main argumentsare only partially anticipated in German Rom...

Michael Slote received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and is UST Professor of Ethics at the University of Miami. A member of the Royal Irish Academy and former Tanner Lecturer, he is the author of many books and articles in ethics, political philosophy, and moral psychology. His current research is on the implications of sentimenta...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019937175X

ISBN - 13:9780199371754

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Epistemology and Emotion2. Belief in Action3. The Emotional Unity of the Self4. Egoism and Emotion5. Empiricism and the Roots of Morality6. Mind and LoveConclusionAppendixIndex