New PDF release: Not Passion's Slave: Emotions and Choice

By Robert C. Solomon

ISBN-10: 0195145496

ISBN-13: 9780195145496

ISBN-10: 0195179781

ISBN-13: 9780195179781

the concept we're in a few major feel answerable for our feelings is an concept that Robert Solomon has constructed for nearly 3 many years. the following, in one quantity, he lines the improvement of this idea of feelings and problematic it intimately. topics run via his paintings: the 1st offers a "cognitive" thought of feelings within which feelings are construed essentially as evaluative judgments. the second one proposes an "existentialist" point of view during which he defends the concept that, as we're liable for our feelings. certainly, occasionally it even is sensible to claim that we "choose" them. whereas the 1st declare has received expanding forex within the literature, his declare approximately accountability for feelings has endured to fulfill with enormous resistance and misinterpretation. the recent emphasis on evolutionary biology and neurology has (mistakenly) bolstered the preferred prejudice that feelings "happen" to us and are fullyyt past our control.

This quantity is additionally a sort of highbrow memoir of Solomon¹s personal improvement as a philosopher. The essays written within the Eighties problematic the subjects of the "intentionality" of emotion and the declare that feelings are "judgments"; during this interval, he's additionally more and more preoccupied with how feelings fluctuate and are pointed out in a number of cultures. within the 1990's, his pursuits evolve to think about the social and political function of feelings and theories approximately emotion. the ultimate part provides his present philosophical place at the seeming "passivity" of the passions. regardless of his personal serious evaluation of his past paintings, he maintains to argue that, within the base line, we're answerable for our feelings and existential caliber of our lives.

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