A Tear is an Intellectual Thing: The Meanings of Emotion

Paperback | November 15, 2002

byJerome Neu

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Is jealousy eliminable? If so, at what cost? What are the connections between pride the sin and the pride insisted on by identity politics? How can one question an individual's understanding of their own happiness or override a society's account of its own rituals? What makes a sexual desire"perverse," or particular sexual relations (such as incestuous ones) undesirable or even unthinkable? These and other questions about what sustains and threatens our identity are pursued using the resources of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and other disciplines. The discussion throughout is informedand motivated by the Spinozist hope that understanding our lives can help change them, can help make us more free.

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Is jealousy eliminable? If so, at what cost? What are the connections between pride the sin and the pride insisted on by identity politics? How can one question an individual's understanding of their own happiness or override a society's account of its own rituals? What makes a sexual desire"perverse," or particular sexual relations (s...

Jerome Neu is at University of California at Santa Cruz.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 5.91 × 9.21 × 0.71 inPublished:November 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Mill's Pig: An Introduction2. "A Tear is an Intellectual Thing"3. Jealous Thoughts4. Jealous Afterthoughts5. Odi et Amo: On Hating the Ones We Love6. Boring from Within: Endogenous vs. Reactive Boredom7. Pride and Identity8. Plato's Homoerotic Symposium9. Freud and Perversion10. What is Wrong with Incest?11. Fantasy and Memory: The Aetiological Role of Thoughts According to Freud12. "Does the Professor Talk to God?": Learning from Little Hans13. Levi-Strauss and Shamanism14. "Getting Behind the Demons"15. Life-Lies and Pipe Dreams: Self-Deception in Ibsen's The Wild Duck and O'Neill's The Iceman ComethReferencesIndex