The essays in this book give the first comprehensive picture of the medieval development of philosophical theories concerning the nature of emotions and the influence they have on human choice. The historical span reaches from the late ancient to the early modern philosophy, showing in detail how old and new ideas were bred and brought into the Middle Ages, and how they resulted in a genuinely modern perspective in the thought of Descartes.
Table of Contents
Contributors. Abbreviations. Preface. Introduction; H. Lagerlund, M. Yrjönsuuri. Goodness and Rational Choice in the Early Middle Ages; C.G. Normore. Medieval Theories of the Passions of the Soul; S. Knuuttila. Weakness of Will: The Plurality of Medieval Explanations; R. Saarinen. Free Will and Self-Control in Peter Olivi; M. Yrjönsuuri. Reflections on John Duns Scotus on the Will; J. Boler. A Nominalist Ontology of the Passions; V. Hirvonen. Buridan's Theory of Free Choice and its Influence; H. Lagerlund. Emotions in Renaissance Humanism: Juan Luis Vives' De Anima et vita; L. Casini. Late Scholastic Theories of the Passions: Controversies in the Thomist Tradition; P. King. The Rationality of Cartesian Passions; D. Brown. Descartes on the Will and the Power to do Otherwise; L. Alanen. Bibliography. Name Index. Subject. Index.