A Natural History of Human Emotionsby Stuart Walton
Using Charles Darwin’s survey of emotions as a starting point, Stuart Walton’s A Natural History of Human Emotions examines the history of each of our core emotionsfear, anger, disgust, sadness, jealousy, contempt, shame, embarrassment, surprise, and happinessand how these emotions have influenced both cultural and social history. We learn that primitive fear served as the engine of religious belief, while a desire for happiness led to humankind’s first musings on achieving a perfect utopia. Challenging the notion that human emotion has remained constant, A Natural History of Human Emotions explains why, in the last 250 years, society has changed its unwritten rules for what can be expressed in public and in private. Like An Intimate History of Humanity and Near a Thousand Tables, Walton’s A Natural History of Human Emotions is a provocative examination of human feelings and a fascinating take on how emotions have shaped our past.
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Meet the Author
Stuart Walton has written for the Observer and the Sunday Telegraph as well as for numerous magazines. He has been described by the Independent as the writer, with Irvine Welsh, who has done most to change our views on drugs.
His work includes a widely acclaimed cultural history of drink and drugs (now published for the first time in ebook format as Intoxicology), A Natural History of Human Emotions, and In The Realm of the Senses: A Materialist Theory of Seeing and Feeling. His work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Korean.
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