Philosophy and the Passions: Toward a History of Human Nature

Paperback | November 7, 2000

byMichel Meyer

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The subject of the passions has always haunted Western philosophy and, more often than not, aroused harsh judgments. For the passions represent a force of excess and lawlessness in humanity that produces troubling, confusing paradoxes.

Michel Meyer provides new insight into an age-old dilemma: Does passion torture people because it blinds them, or, on the contrary, does it permit them to apprehend who and what we really are?

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The subject of the passions has always haunted Western philosophy and, more often than not, aroused harsh judgments. For the passions represent a force of excess and lawlessness in humanity that produces troubling, confusing paradoxes.Michel Meyer provides new insight into an age-old dilemma: Does passion torture people because it blin...

Michel Meyer is Professor of Philosophy at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Mons. He is the author of many books, including From Logic to Rhetoric, From Metaphysics to Rhetoric, Meaning and Reading, Of Problematology, Questions and Questioning, and Rhetoric, Language, and Reason (1994, also published by Penn State ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.9 × 5.89 × 0.92 inPublished:November 7, 2000Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271020326

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“Michel Meyer offers a wide-ranging exegesis—the first of its kind—that systematically retraces the history of philosophical conceptions of the passions in the work of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Spinoza, Descartes, Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, and Freud. The great ruptures that led to passion’s condemnation as sin, and to its romantic exultation as the truth of existence, are meticulously registered and the logic governing them astutely explained.”—Translation Review