What is an Emotion?: Classic and Contemporary Readings

Paperback | December 15, 2002

EditorRobert C. Solomon

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What is an Emotion?, 2/e, draws together important selections from classical and contemporary theories and debates about emotion. Utilizing sources from a variety of subject areas including philosophy, psychology, and biology, editor Robert Solomon provides an illuminating look at the"affective" side of psychology and philosophy from the perspective of the world's great thinkers. Part One of the book features five classic readings from Aristotle, the Stoics, Descartes, Spinoza, and Hume. Part Two offers classic and contemporary theories from the social sciences, presentingselections from such thinkers as Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud alongside recent work from Paul Ekman, Catherine Lutz, and others. Part Three presents some of the extensive work on emotion that developed in Europe over the past century. Part Four includes essays representing the discussion ofemotions among British and American analytic philosophers. The volume is enhanced by a comprehensive introduction by the editor and a multidisciplinary bibliography. What is an Emotion? is appropriate for any course in which the nature of emotion plays a major role, including philosophy of emotion, philosophy of mind, history of psychology, emotion and motivation, moral psychology, and history and psychology of consciousness courses. The second editionprovides much more material on emotions in the sciences and more from recent philosophical theories, encompassing recent shifts in theorizing on three fronts: the wealth of new information on the central nervous system and the brain; new developments in cross-cultural research and anthropology; andthe recent emphasis on "cognition" in emotion, both in philosophy and the social sciences. New selections include work by Antonio Damasio, Ronald De Sousa, Paul Ekman, Nico Frijda, Patricia Greenspan, Paul Griffiths, Richard Lazarus, Catherine Lutz, Martha Nussbaum, and Michael Stocker.

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What is an Emotion?, 2/e, draws together important selections from classical and contemporary theories and debates about emotion. Utilizing sources from a variety of subject areas including philosophy, psychology, and biology, editor Robert Solomon provides an illuminating look at the"affective" side of psychology and philosophy from t...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:December 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: "What Is an Emotion?". I. THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUNDAristotleFrom RhetoricFrom On the SoulFrom Nicomachean EthicsThe StoicsFrom Early StoicsFrom Seneca, De IraFrom Galen, On the Doctrines of Hippocrates and PlatoRene DescartesFrom The Passions of the SoulBenedict SpinozaFrom EthicsDavid HumeFrom A Treatise of Human NatureII. THE MEETING OF PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOLOGYCharles Robert DarwinFrom The Expression of Emotion in Man and AnimalsWilliam JamesFrom What Is an Emotion?Walter B. CannonFrom Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear and RageJohn DeweyFrom The Theory of EmotionSigmund FreudFrom The UnconsciousAnxiety (From General Lectures on Psychoanalysis)Stanley Schachter and Jerome E. SingerFrom Cognitive, Social, and Physiological Determinants of Emotional StatePaul EkmanFrom Biological and Cultural Contributions to Body and Facial Movement in the Expression of EmotionsRichard LazarusAppraisal: The Minimal Cognitive Prerequisites of EmotionNico FrijdaEmotions are Functional, Most of the TimeCatherine LutzFrom Unnatural EmotionsAntonio DamasioFrom The Feeling of What HappensIII. THE CONTINENTAL TRADITIONFranz BrentanoFrom On the Origin of Our Knowledge of Right and WrongMax SchelerFrom Formalism in Ethics and Non-Formal Ethics of ValuesMartin HeideggerCharles Guignon, Moods in Heidegger's Being and TimeJean-Paul SartreFrom The Emotions: A Sketch of a TheoryIV. CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS AND EMOTIONGilbert RyleFrom The Concept of MindErrol BedfordFrom EmotionsAnthony KennyFrom Action, Emotion and WillRobert C. SolomonFrom Emotions and ChoiceCheshire CalhounCognitive Emotions?Ronald De SousaFrom The Rationality of EmotionMichael StockerThe Irreducibility of AffectivityPatricia GreenspanReasons to FeelMartha NussbaumEmotions as Judgements of Value and ImportancePaul GriffithsFrom What Emotions Really AreBibliography

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"An excellent addition to a course in History of Psychology. This volume's thematic consistency lets students see the changes that have occurred in psychological thought over the centuries."--Michael Nielsen, Georgia Southern University