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Emotion, Evolution and Rationality - Dylan Evans

Emotion, Evolution and Rationality

By: Dylan Evans (Editor), Pierre Cruse (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780198528982
Number Of Pages: 292

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For thousands of years, many Western thinkers have assumed that emotions are, at best, harmless luxuries, and at worst outright obstacles to intelligent action. In the past decade, however, scientists and philosophers have begun to challenge this 'negative view of emotion'. Neuroscientists, psychologists and researchers in artificial intelligence now agree that emotions are vital to intelligent action. Evolutionary considerations have played a vital role in this shift to a more positive view of emotion. This book brings together some of the leading thinkers about emotion from a variety of disciplines. In a series of fascinating and challenging essays, they examine the role that evolutionary considerations can play in helping us to understand the role of emotions in rational thought and decision-making. How should we understand the evolutionary role of emotions? And can this explain the relationship between emotions and rationality?

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... a wealth of well-presented empirical findings, rich theorising and thought-provoking debate. The book should serve as an excellent summary of the current status of this fascinating and useful area and deserves to be widely read by any who are interested in the relation between cognition and emotion, in particular, perhaps, by those involved in the development of cognitive treatments for emotional disorders. The Psychologist Emotion, Evolution and Rationality does an excellent job at clarifying the confusion surrounding an important area of evolutionary psychology - why emotions have evolved in humans. The Psychologist

Part I - Neuroscientific Foundations 1: Antonio Damasio: William James and the modern neurobiology of emotion 2: Andrew Lawrence & Andrew Calder: Homologizing human emotions Part II - Emotion, Belief and Appraisal 3: Finn Spicer: Emotional behaviour and the scope of belief-desire explanation 4: Jesse Prinz: Which emotions are basic? 5: Paul Griffiths: Towards a 'Machiavellian' theory of emotional appraisal 6: Brian Parkinson: Unpicking reasonable emotions Part III - Evolution and the Rationality of Emotion 7: Chandra Sripada & Stephen Stich: Evolution, culture and the irrationality of the emotions 8: Gianmatteo Mameli: The role of emotions in ecological and practical rationality 9: Dylan Evans: The search hypothesis of emotion 10: Daniel Nettle: Adaptive illusions: optimism, control and human rationality 11: Christopher Badcock: Emotion versus reason as a genetic conflict Part IV - Philosophical Perspectives 12: Jim Hopkins: Conscience and conflict: Darwin, Freud and the origins of human aggression 13: Peter Goldie: Emotion, reason and virtue

ISBN: 9780198528982
ISBN-10: 0198528981
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.7  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.46