Passion and Action: The Emotions in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

Passion and Action: The Emotions in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

by Susan James
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198250134

ISBN-13: 9780198250135

Pub. Date: 03/16/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198250135
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/16/2000
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1560L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Note on the Text
1Introduction: The Passions and Philosophy1
2Passion and Action in Aristotle29
3Passion and Action in Aquinas47
4Post-Aristotelian Passion and Action65
5Negotiating the Divide: Descartes and Malebranche85
6Mental and Bodily Passions Identified: Hobbes and Spinoza124
7Passion and Error159
8Dispassionate Scientia183
9The Value of Persuasion208
10Knowledge as Emotion225
11Conflicting Forces: The Cartesian Theory of Action255
12Deliberating with the Passions269
Bibliography295
Index311

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