On Loving Our Enemies: Essays in Moral Psychology

Hardcover | May 28, 2012

byJerome Neu

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This book explores moral questions that go beyond the issues commonly considered in the ethics of action. Can there be an ethics of emotion or an ethics of fantasy? If what we feel and what we think are beyond the direct control of our will, does it make sense to set norms or standards for usto aim at in those spheres, or does anything go? What are the limits of our freedom? And what are the sources of our standards? Are they themselves a matter of arbitrary feeling or do there exist authorities we might turn to in order to find our way? We are told that authenticity is valuable, that we must be true to ourselves. Is the self and what it wants the ultimate source of value? (Even the nastier parts of our natures?) How are we to determine which aspects of ourselves are essential and demand and deserve expression? Are there competingand conflicting sources of value? The claims of Plato, Freud, Sartre and other important thinkers are considered, criticized, and brought into play in the service of greater self-understanding and understanding of what matters and what is up to us. Throughout, the insights and approaches of law,psychoanalysis, anthropology, and other disciplines in addition to philosophy are put to use. The essays included in this collection draw on and develop the author's earlier work on emotions and moral identity in the Spinozist hope that greater self-understanding, because of the special features ofreflexive-knowledge, can lead to greater freedom, making us better able to live with others and with ourselves.

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This book explores moral questions that go beyond the issues commonly considered in the ethics of action. Can there be an ethics of emotion or an ethics of fantasy? If what we feel and what we think are beyond the direct control of our will, does it make sense to set norms or standards for usto aim at in those spheres, or does anything...

Jerome Neu is Professor of Humanities at the University of Califonia, Santa Cruz. He is the author of several books including A Tear is an Intellectual Thing and Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insults.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments1. On Loving Our Enemies: The Ethics of Emotion2. The Ethics of Fantasy3. Authenticity and the Examined Life4. Divided Minds: Sartre's "Bad Faith" Critique of Freud5. Encyclopedia Entries on Freud:a. Freud and Ethicsb. Freud and Perversionsc. Freud and Psychoanalysis6. Genetic Explanation in Totem and Taboo7. Descartes' Dreams8. Minds on Trial9. More Speech, Better Speech as the Best Defense10. Euthyphro, the Legal Realists, and the Dilemma of Authority11. Plato's Analogy of State and Individual: The Republic and the Organic Theory of the State12. Short Reviews:a. Psychoanalysis and Science: Neu on Grunbaum on Popper on Freudb. Cavell's The Psychoanalytic Mindc. Hampshire's Innocence and Experienced. Masson's Against Therapye. Solomon's Not Passion's Slave13. Unger's Knowledge and Politics14. Reply to My CriticsSourcesReferencesIndex

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"Jerome Neu is one of the most insightful contemporary writers on the philosophy of emotions. His first essay collection, A Tear is an Intellectual Thing, was a major contribution to our thinking about the nature of emotions (in general and with respect to particular emotions) and theirimportant implications in the actual texture of our moral lives. This essay collection is a worthy successor and provides a rich analysis of particular emotions (love, for example), an exploration of the relationship between emotions and authenticity and freedom, enlightening discussions of Freudand his critics, and the role of emotions in the law." --Jeffrie G. Murphy, Law, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University