Emotions In Ancient And Medieval Philosophy

Paperback | September 28, 2006

bySimo Knuuttila

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Emotions are the focus of intense debate both in contemporary philosophy and psychology and increasingly also in the history of ideas. Simo Knuuttila presents a comprehensive survey of philosophical theories of emotion from Plato to Renaissance times, combining rigorous philosophical analysiswith careful historical reconstruction. The first part of the book covers the conceptions of Plato and Aristotle and later ancient views from Stoicism to Neoplatonism and, in addition, their reception and transformation by early Christian thinkers from Clement and Origen to Augustine and Cassian. Knuuttila then proceeds to a discussion ofancient themes in medieval thought, and of new medieval conceptions, codified in the so-called faculty psychology from Avicenna to Aquinas, in thirteenth century taxonomies, and in the voluntarist approach of Duns Scotus, William Ockham, and their followers. Philosophers, classicists, historians of philosophy, historians of psychology, and anyone interested in emotion will find much to stimulate them in this fascinating book.

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Emotions are the focus of intense debate both in contemporary philosophy and psychology and increasingly also in the history of ideas. Simo Knuuttila presents a comprehensive survey of philosophical theories of emotion from Plato to Renaissance times, combining rigorous philosophical analysiswith careful historical reconstruction. The ...

Simo Knuuttila is at University of Helsinki.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:September 28, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Emotions in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy2. Emotions and the Ancient Pursuit of Christian Perfection3. Medieval Conceptions of Emotions from Abelard to Aquinas4. Emotions in Fourteenth-Century PhilosophyBibliographyIndex

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.,."an informative, well-organized survey of a central topic in the history of philosophical reflection on human nature."--Journal of the History of Philosophy "While primarily of interest to philosophers and theologians, the book may yet have something of value for historians of medicine...portions of Knuuttila's book could have contemporary significance for psychology as well." --Choice "Simo Knuuttila is one of the most imaginative and analytically sophisticated wrtiers on medieval philosophy."--John Marenbon, Speculum .,."an informative, well-organized survey of a central topic in the history of philosophical reflection on human nature."--Journal of the History of Philosophy