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Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

Edited by Martin Pickavé and Lisa Shapiro

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199579914
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745959 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579914.001.0001
Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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This volume has three aims. First, historians of philosophy have typically focused on the discussions of the moral relevance of emotions, and with the exception of scholars of ancient philosophy, neglected the place of emotions in cognitive life. This collection of articles refocuses the discussion of emotion in the medieval and early modern periods to their role in cognition. Second, though many have aimed to clarify relationship between the later thinkers and their predecessors with regard to issues in metaphysics and epistemology, there has been very little effort at tracing similar lines of thought about emotion. As a whole, the contributions to this volume serve to begin a discussion about the continuities between medieval and early modern thinking about the emotions. In this regard, there is also a discussion of the emotions of cognitive life of the Renaissance. Though we get only a snapshot of a period of philosophical work often passed over, even this snapshot invites questions about how to weave an intellectual history about accounts of our emotions in our cognitive lives. Finally, attention to the concerns that engage philosophers of the medieval, renaissance and early modern periods can inform the contemporary debate regarding the relationship between emotions, cognition, and reason. The thirteen contributions explore this from the point of view of four key themes: the situation of emotions within the human mind; the intentionality of emotions and their role in cognition; emotions and action; the role of emotion in self-understanding and the social situation of individuals.

Keywords: Adam Wodeham; affect; Augustine; Avicenna; Bruno; Descartes; John Duns Scotus; early modern philosophy; emotions; Ficino; Gregory of Rimini; Hume; Leibniz; Leone Ebreo; John Mair; malebrance; medieval philosophy; Thomas Aquinas; William of Ockham; passions; Spinoza; Francisco Suárez

Book.  296 pages. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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Dispassionate Passions* in Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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Why is the Sheep Afraid of the Wolf? Medieval Debates on Animal Passions in Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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John Duns Scotus on the Passions of the Will in Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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Intellections and Volitions in Ockham’s Nominalism in Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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Emotion and Cognition in Later Medieval Philosophy: The Case of Adam Wodeham in Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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Sixteenth-Century Discussions of the Passions of the Will in Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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The Philosopher as a Lover: Renaissance Debates on Platonic <i>Eros</i> in Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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Reasons, Causes, and Inclinations<sub>*</sub> in Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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