The Emotions: A Philosophical Exploration

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Overview


Peter Goldie opens the path to a deeper understanding of our emotional lives through a lucid philosophical exploration of this surprisingly neglected topic. Drawing on philosophy, literature and science, Goldie considers the roles of culture and evolution in the development of our emotional capabilities. He examines the links between emotion, mood, and character, and places the emotions in the context of consciousness, thought, feeling, and imagination. He explains how it is that we are able to make sense of our own and other people's emotions, and how we can explain the very human things which emotions lead us to do. He argues that it is only from the personal point of view that thoughts, reasons, feelings, and actions come into view.

This fascinating book gives an accessible but penetrating exploration of an important but mysterious subject. Any reader interested in emotion and its role in understanding our lives will find much to think about here.

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"This extraordinarily insightful book, lucidly written, provides new understandings and challenges that every student of emotion will need to consider."—Paul Ekman, Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Francisco
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199253043
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Goldie is Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. What emotions are, and their place in psychological explanation; 2. Emotions and feelings; 3. Culture, evolution and the emotions; 4. Expression of emotion; 5. Emotion, mood and traits of character; 6. How we think of others' emotions; 7. Jealousy; Recommended reading; Bibliography; Index.

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