Emotion, Evolution and Rationality

Paperback | February 15, 2005

EditorDylan Evans, Pierre Cruse

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For thousands of years, many Western thinkers have assumed that emotions are, at best, harmless luxuries, and at worst outright obstacles to intelligent action. In the past decade, however, scientists and philosophers have begun to challenge this 'negative view of emotion'. Neuroscientists,psychologists and researchers in artificial intelligence now agree that emotions are vital to intelligent action. Evolutionary considerations have played a vital role in this shift to a more positive view of emotion. This book brings together some of the leading thinkers about emotion from a variety of disciplines. In a series of fascinating and challenging essays, they examine the role that evolutionary considerations can play in helping us to understand the role of emotions in rational thought anddecision-making. How should we understand the evolutionary role of emotions? And can this explain the relationship between emotions and rationality?

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For thousands of years, many Western thinkers have assumed that emotions are, at best, harmless luxuries, and at worst outright obstacles to intelligent action. In the past decade, however, scientists and philosophers have begun to challenge this 'negative view of emotion'. Neuroscientists,psychologists and researchers in artificial ...

Dylan Evans is at Centre for Biomimetics and Natural Technology, University of Bath, Bath, UK. Pierre Cruse is at Centre de Philosophie des Sciences, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.64 inPublished:February 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I - Neuroscientific Foundations1. Antonio Damasio: William James and the modern neurobiology of emotion2. Andrew Lawrence and Andrew Calder: Homologizing human emotionsPart II - Emotion, Belief and Appraisal3. Finn Spicer: Emotional behaviour and the scope of belief-desire explanation4. Jesse Prinz: Which emotions are basic?5. Paul Griffiths: Towards a 'Machiavellian' theory of emotional appraisal6. Brian Parkinson: Unpicking reasonable emotionsPart III - Evolution and the Rationality of Emotion7. Chandra Sripada and Stephen Stich: Evolution, culture and the irrationality of the emotions8. Gianmatteo Mameli: The role of emotions in ecological and practical rationality9. Dylan Evans: The search hypothesis of emotion10. Daniel Nettle: Adaptive illusions: optimism, control and human rationality11. Christopher Badcock: Emotion versus reason as a genetic conflictPart IV - Philosophical Perspectives12. Jim Hopkins: Conscience and conflict: Darwin, Freud and the origins of human aggression13. Peter Goldie: Emotion, reason and virtue

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`At last, an accessible and fascinating account of a neglected aspect of our mental lives.'Lewis Wolpert, author of "Malignant Sadness"