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Passion and Action : The Emotions in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy - Susan James

Passion and Action

The Emotions in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

Paperback Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9780198250135
Number Of Pages: 328

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Passion and Action explores the place of the emotions in seventeenth-century understandings of the body and mind, and the role they were held to play in reasoning and action. Interest in the passions pervaded all areas of philosophical enquiry, and was central to the theories of many major figures, including Hobbes, Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, Pascal, and Locke. Yet little attention has been paid to this topic in studies of early modern thought. Susan James surveys the inheritance of ancient and medieval doctrines about the passions, then shows how these were incorporated into new philosophical theories in the course of the seventeenth century. She examines the relation of the emotions to will, knowledge, understanding, desire, and power, offering fresh analyses and interpretations of a broad range of texts by little-known writers as well as canonical figures, and establishing that a full understanding of these authors must take account of their discussions of our affective life. Passion and Action also addresses current debates, particularly those within feminist philosophy, about the embodied character of thinking and the relation between emotion and knowledge. This ground-breaking study throws new light upon the shaping of our ideas about the mind, and provides a historical context for burgeoning contemporary investigations of the emotions.

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`an excellent history of ideas ... a highly scholarly project ... a supberb introduction.' Ingrid Wassenaar, Women's Phil. Rev., No.26, 2000. `insightful connections between the individual philosophers she discusses.' Times Literary Supplement `Densely written but clearly argued, this book provides valuable context and background for several important themes in early modern philosophy ... sturdily bound, very fully annotated ... and equipped with an extensive bibliography and an excellent index. Highly recommended ...' H. J. John, Trinity College, DC, CHOICE Oct 98

Introduction: The Passions and Philosophy
Passion and Action in Aristotle
Passion and Action in Aquinas
Post-Aristotelian Action and Passion
Negotiating the Divide: Descartes and Malebranche
Mental and Bodily Passions Identified: Hobbes and Spinoza
Passion and Error
Dispassionate Scientia
The Value of Persuasion
Knowledge as Emotion
Conflicting Forces: The Cartesian Theory of Action
Deliberating with the Passions
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ISBN: 9780198250135
ISBN-10: 0198250134
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.47