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The Politics of Emotion (1998)

Robert C. Solomon

in Not Passion's Slave

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195145496
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833726 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195145496.003.0009
 The Politics of Emotion (1998)

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I discuss two paradigms of emotion analysis, one by Aristotle and the other by William James. I argue that the emotions are political in a sense illuminated by Aristotle, and that the analysis of emotion – the choice between paradigms – is also political, in that it involves much more than a scientific notion of correctness. Emotions are (or can be) tools that we use to manipulate other people. The analysis of emotions also determines how we will behave and how we understand ourselves.

Keywords: Aristotle; Cartesian tradition; Descartes; emotional strategies; emotions; Feinberg; William James; psychology; purposiveness; Sartre

Chapter.  9811 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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