Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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Overview

This volume offers a much needed shift of focus in the study of emotion in the history of philosophy. Discussion has tended to focus on the moral relevance of emotions, and (except in ancient philosophy) the role of emotions in cognitive life has received little attention. Thirteen new essays investigate the continuities between medieval and early modern thinking about the emotions, and open up a contemporary debate on the relationship between emotions, cognition, and reason, and the way emotions figure in our own cognitive lives. A team of leading philosophers of the medieval, renaissance, and early modern periods explore these ideas from the point of view of four key themes: the situation of emotions within the human mind; the intentionality of emotions and their role in cognition; emotions and action; the role of emotion in self-understanding and the social situation of individuals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199579914
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/02/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Martin Pickav is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Medieval Studies at University of Toronto. He specializes in later medieval philosophy of mind and metaphysics, and is working on a monograph on medieval theories of the emotions.

Lisa Shapiro is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of numerous articles on Descartes, with a specific focus on how his writings on the passions sheds light on his account of human nature, and on writings of early modern women thinkers. She is also the editor and translator of The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes. Her current research is focussed on Spinoza, Condillac, and Hume.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Abbreviations
1. Introduction, Martin Pickave and Lisa Shapiro
2. Dispassionate Passions, Peter King
3. Why is the Sheep Afraid of the Wolf? Medieval Debates on Animal Passions, Dominik Perler
4. John Duns Scotus on the Passions of the Will, Ian Drummond
5. Intellections and Volitions in Ockham's Nominalism, Claude Pannaccio
6. Emotion and Cognition in Later Medieval Philosophy: The Case of Adam Wodeham, Martin Pickave
7. Sixteenth-Century Discussions of the Passions of the Will, Simo Knuuttila
8. The Philosopher as a Lover: Renaissance Debates on Platonic Eros, Sabrina Ebbersmeyer
9. Reasons, Causes, and Inclinations, Paul Hoffman
10. Using the Passions, Dennis Des Chene
11. How We Experience the World: Passionate Perception in Descartes and Spinoza, Lisa Shapiro
12. Agency and Attention in Malebranche's Theory of Cognition, Deborah Brown
13. Spinoza on Passions and Self-Knowledge: The Case of Pride, Lilli Alanen
14. Family Trees: Sympathy, Comparison and the Proliferation of the Passions in Hume and his Predecessors, Amy M. Schmitter
Index

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