Introduction: The Passions and Philosophy

Susan James

in Passion and Action

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198250135
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597794 | DOI:
 Introduction: The Passions and Philosophy

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This introductory chapter surveys some of the central themes that shaped seventeenth‐century discussions of the role of the passions in body and mind, and in reasoning and action, with which the book as a whole is concerned. It stresses that although the passions were regarded as turbulent and dangerous, the therapeutic benefits of understanding them were widely appreciated. The study of the passions in this period challenges a number of entrenched historical claims about the development of philosophy in this period, and also informs our contemporary understanding of the emotions.

Keywords: action; passions; reasoning; seventeenth‐century philosophy

Chapter.  12787 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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