Understanding Emotions

Understanding Emotions

by Peter Goldie
     
 

Understanding Emotions presents eight original essays on the emotions from leading contemporary philosophers in North America and the U.K: Simon Blackburn, Bill Brewer, Peter Goldie, Dan Hutto, Adam Morton, Michael Stocker, Barry Smith, and Finn Spicer.

Goldie and Spicer's introductory chapter sets out the key themes of the ensuing chapters: surveying

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Understanding Emotions presents eight original essays on the emotions from leading contemporary philosophers in North America and the U.K: Simon Blackburn, Bill Brewer, Peter Goldie, Dan Hutto, Adam Morton, Michael Stocker, Barry Smith, and Finn Spicer.

Goldie and Spicer's introductory chapter sets out the key themes of the ensuing chapters: surveying contemporary philosophical thinking about the emotions, and raising challenges to a number of prejudices that are sometimes brought to the topic from elsewhere in the philosophy of mind and moral philosophy. Brewer, Hutto, Goldie and Smith explore the conceptual and epistemological problems of other minds that the emotions raise, and how the emotions can be a source of knowledge of the world around us. The chapters by Stocker, Blackburn and Morton are broadly concerned with issues in morality: Stocker argues for the traditional Aristotelian view that emotions reveal value and are constitutive of value; Blackburn, from a more Augustinian perspective, argues that the virtuous person, like the rest of us, will be emotional but he or she will have the right emotions towards the right objects; Morton cautions against the idea of emotions and narrative as sources of self-understanding. An extensive bibliography completes the book.

Drawing together the arguments of leading contemporary philosophers, focusing on issues in the philosophy of mind, epistemology and moral philosophy, this book offers a wide and deep understanding of the emotions, and will be of interest across the philosophical spectrum to students and researchers of this fascinating and important topic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754603658
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Ashgate Epistemology and Mind Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
1Introduction1
2Emotion and Other Minds23
3The World is not Enough: Shared Emotions and Other Minds37
4Beware Stories: Emotions and Virtues55
5Some Ways to Value Emotions65
6How Emotional is the Virtuous Person?81
7Emotion, Personality and Simulation97
8Keeping Emotions in Mind111
Bibliography123
Index133

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