Thinking about Feeling: Contemporary Philosophers on Emotions

Hardcover | December 9, 2004

EditorRobert C. Solomon

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Philosophers since Aristotle have explored emotion, and the study of emotion has always been essential to the love of wisdom. In recent years Anglo-American philosophers have rediscovered and placed new emphasis on this very old discipline. The view that emotions are ripe for philosophicalanalysis has been supported by a considerable number of excellent publications. In this volume, Robert Solomon brings together some of the best Anglo-American philosophers now writing on the philosophy of emotion, with chapters from philosophers who have distinguished themselves in the field ofemotion research and have interdisciplinary interests, particularly in the social and biological sciences. The reader will find a lively variety of positions on topics such as the nature of emotion, the category of "emotion," the rationality of emotions, the relationship between an emotion and itsexpression, the relationship between emotion, motivation, and action, the biological nature versus social construction of emotion, the role of the body in emotion, the extent of freedom and our control of emotions, the relationship between emotion and value, and the very nature and warrant oftheories of emotion. In addition, this book acknowledges that it is impossible to study the emotions today without engaging with contemporary psychology and the neurosciences, and moreover engages them with zeal. Thus the essays included here should appeal to a broad spectrum of emotion researchersin the various theoretical, experimental, and clinical branches of psychology, in addition to theorists in philosophy, philosophical psychology, moral psychology, and cognitive science, the social sciences, and literary theory.

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Philosophers since Aristotle have explored emotion, and the study of emotion has always been essential to the love of wisdom. In recent years Anglo-American philosophers have rediscovered and placed new emphasis on this very old discipline. The view that emotions are ripe for philosophicalanalysis has been supported by a considerable n...

Robert C. Solomon is at University of Texas, Austin.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 1.3 inPublished:December 9, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Robert C. Solomon: IntroductionPart I: Emotions, Physiology, and Intentionality1. John Deigh: Primitive Emotions2. Jenefer Robinson: Emotion: Biological Fact Or Social Construction?3. Jesse Prinz: Embodied EmotionsPart II: Emotion, Appraisal, and Cognition4. Ronald de Sousa: Emotions: What I Know, What I'd Like To Think I Know, And What I'd Like To Think5. Robert C. Solomon: Emotions, Thoughts, and Feelings: Emotions as Engagements in the WorldPart III: Emotions and Feelings6. Peter Goldie: Emotion, Feeling, And Knowledge of The World7. Cheshire Calhoun: Emotions and SubjectivityPart IV: Emotions and Rationality8. Patricia Greenspan: Emotions, Rationality, and Mind-Body9. Michael Stocker: Some Considerations About Intellectual Desire and EmotionsPart V: Emotions, Action, and Freedom10. Jon Elster: Emotion and Action11. Jerome Neu: Emotions And FreedomPart VI: Emotion and Value12. Martha Nussbaum: Emotions as Judgments of Value and Importance13. Annette Baier: Feelings That Matter14. Purushottama Bilimoria: Perturbations Of Desire: Emotions Disarming MoralityPart VII: On Theories of Emotion15. Paul E. Griffiths: Is Emotion a Natural Kind?16. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev: Emotion As A General Mental Mode17. Amelie Oksenberg Rorty: Enough Already with Theories of EmotionCumulative Bibliography

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"The legacy of Bobo Solomon's labor is to be found in the many books, such as this, that demonstrate the importance of thinking about feeling for inquiry in such diverse areas of philosophy as philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, and moral psychology."--Karen Jones, Sophia "This is an excellent collection which raises some fascinating issues."--Francis J. Raphael O'Sullivan, Philosophical Writings