True to Our Feelings: What Our Emotions Are Really Telling Us

Paperback | October 15, 2008

byRobert C. Solomon

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We live our lives through our emotions, writes Robert Solomon, and it is our emotions that give our lives meaning. What interests or fascinates us, who we love, what angers us, what moves us, what bores us--all of this defines us, gives us character, constitutes who we are.In True to Our Feelings , Solomon illuminates the rich life of the emotions--why we don't really understand them, what they really are, and how they make us human and give meaning to life. Emotions have recently become a highly fashionable area of research in the sciences, with brain imaginguncovering valuable clues as to how we experience our feelings. But while Solomon provides a guide to this cutting-edge research, as well as to what others--philosophers and psychologists--have said on the subject, he also emphasizes the personal and ethical character of our emotions. He shows thatemotions are not something that happen to us, nor are they irrational in the literal sense--rather, they are judgements we make about the world, and they are strategies for living in it. Fear, anger, love, guilt, jealousy, compassion--they are all essential to our values, to living happily,healthily, and well. Solomon highlights some of the dramatic ways that emotions fit into our ethics and our sense of the good life, how we can make our emotional lives more coherent with our values and be more 'true to our feelings' and cultivate emotional integrity.

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We live our lives through our emotions, writes Robert Solomon, and it is our emotions that give our lives meaning. What interests or fascinates us, who we love, what angers us, what moves us, what bores us--all of this defines us, gives us character, constitutes who we are.In True to Our Feelings , Solomon illuminates the rich life of ...

Robert C. Solomon is Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Business and Philosophy and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. A past president of the International Society for Research on Emotions, he is the author of more than forty books, including The Passions, The Joy of Philosophy, Spirituality for th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.9 × 5.7 × 0.8 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Emotional Strategies: An Existentialist Perspective1. Anger as a Way of Engaging the World2. Why It Is Good to Be Afraid3. Varieties of Fear and Anger: Emotions and Moods4. Lessons of Love (and Plato's Symposium)5. We Are Not Alone: Compassion and Sympathy6. Extremes of Emotion: Grief, Laughter, and Happiness7. Self-Reproach in Guilt, Shame, and Pride8. Nasty Emotions: Envy, Spite, Jealousy, Resentment, and VengeancePart II: Toward a General Theory: Myths about Emotions9. What an Emotion Theory Should Do10. Myth 1: Emotions Are Ineffable11. Myth 2: Emotions Are Feelings12. Myth 3: The Hydraulic Model13. Myth 4: Emotions Are "in" the Mind14. Myth 5: Emotions Are Stupid (They Have No Intelligence)15. Myth 6: Two Flavors of Emotion, Positive and Negative16. Myth 7: Emotions Are Irrational17. Myth 8: Emotions Happen to Us (They Are "Passions")Part III: The Ethics of Emotion: A Quest for Emotional Integrity18. Emotions as Evaluative Judgments19. Emotions, Self, and Consciousness20. Emotional Experience ("Feelings")21. The Universality of Emotions: Evolution and the Human Condition22. Emotions Across Cultures23. Happiness, Spirituality, and Emotional IntegrityAnnotated BibliographyIndex