Not Passion's Slave: Emotions and Choice (Passionate Life)

Not Passion's Slave: Emotions and Choice (Passionate Life)

Robert C. Solomon


the concept that we're in a few major experience accountable for our feelings is an concept that Robert Solomon has constructed for nearly 3 many years. the following, in one quantity, he lines the advance of this conception of feelings and difficult it intimately. issues run via his paintings: the 1st provides a "cognitive" conception of feelings within which feelings are construed basically as evaluative judgments. the second one proposes an "existentialist" viewpoint within which he defends the concept, as we're chargeable for our feelings. certainly, occasionally it even is smart to assert that we "choose" them. whereas the 1st declare has received expanding forex within the literature, his declare approximately accountability for feelings has persisted to satisfy with massive resistance and misinterpretation. the hot emphasis on evolutionary biology and neurology has (mistakenly) strengthened the preferred prejudice that feelings "happen" to us and are fullyyt past our control.

This quantity can be a sort of highbrow memoir of SolomonĀ¹s personal improvement as a philosopher. The essays written within the Eighties intricate the topics of the "intentionality" of emotion and the declare that feelings are "judgments"; during this interval, he's additionally more and more preoccupied with how feelings range and are pointed out in a number of cultures. within the 1990's, his pursuits evolve to contemplate the social and political function of feelings and theories approximately emotion. the ultimate part provides his present philosophical place at the seeming "passivity" of the passions. regardless of his personal serious evaluation of his past paintings, he keeps to argue that, within the base line, we're answerable for our feelings and existential caliber of our lives.

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