Passion and Action: The Emotions in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy / Edition 195

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Overview

Passion and Action is an exploration of the role of the passions in seventeenth-century thought. Susan James offers fresh readings of a broad range of thinkers, including such canonical figures as Hobbes, Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, Pascal, and Locke, and shows that a full understanding of their philosophies must take account of their interpretations of our affective life. This ground-breaking study throws new light upon the shaping of our ideas about the mind, knowledge, and action, and provides a historical context for burgeoning current debates about the emotions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198236740
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/1997
  • Edition number: 195
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Passions and Philosophy
PART I
2. Passion and Action in Aristotle
3. Passion and Action in Aquinas
4. Post-Aristotelian Action and Passion
PART II
5. Negotiating the Divide: Descartes and Malebranche
6. Mental and Bodily Passions Identified: Hobbes and Spinoza
PART III
7. Passion and Error
8. Dispassionate Scientia
9. The Value of Persuasion
10. Knowledge as Emotion
PART IV
11. Conflicting Forces: The Cartesian Theory of Action
12. Deliberating with the Passions
Bibliography. Index.

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