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The Politics of Emotion

Robert C. Solomon

in The Joy of Philosophy

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165401
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870103 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195165403.003.0003
The Politics of Emotion

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The passions are political. Not only do they play an important role in social movements and interpersonal dynamics but also their status and understanding is itself highly politicized, from the ancient idea that emotions should be servile to reason to contemporary theories of the emotions. What is often ignored is the purposiveness of the emotions.

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

Chapter.  12895 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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