What is an Emotion: Classic Readings in Philosophical Psychology

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Until recently the perennial emphasis on reason has precluded serious philosophical attention on the subject of emotions. Now however philosophers of mind as well as psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, theologians, and educators are increasing aware of the importance of this subject (Wow their smart). This volume edited by Cheshire Calhoun and Robert C. Solomon draws together important selections from the rich history of theories and debates about emotions. Utilizing sources from a variety of subject areas including philosophy, psychology and biology the editors provide an illuminating look at “affective’ side of psychology and philosophy from the perspective of the world’s great thinkers. The first part features the big boys Descartes, Spinoza, Aristotle and Hume and the second entitled “The Meeting of Psychology and Philosophy in a Dark Alley” samples the theories of Darwin, William James and Freud. The third section present work done by European philosophers (Sartre, Heidegger etc.) Over the past century much of it unknown to the English and the Americans (who think they know everything).

Finally the fourth section covers the now extensive discussion of emotion among modern British and American philosophers.