Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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This volume offers a much needed shift of focus in the study of emotion in the history of philosophy. Discussion has tended to focus on the moral relevance of emotions, and (except in ancient philosophy) the role of emotions in cognitive life has received little attention. Thirteen new essays investigate the continuities between medieval and early modern thinking about the emotions, and open up a contemporary debate on the relationship between emotions, cognition, and reason, and the way emotions figure in our own cognitive lives. A team of leading philosophers of the medieval, renaissance, and early modern periods explore these ideas 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 26mm | 598.74g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199579911
  • 9780199579914
  • 1,241,010

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Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy is a highly readable and carefully edited volume that gives a balanced... picture of the philosophy of emotions from Augustine to Hume. this excellent volume provides a valuable overview of medieval debates about how to situate the passions within the mind and the role of the passions in cognition. It also provides some interesting and insightful essays on various subjects pertaining to early modern views on the passions and cognition, which help to show how early modern theories of the passions emerge from this medieval background. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the burgeoning
field of work on the history of the passions and for contemporary philosophers interested in the connection between emotions and cognition. * Matthew J. Kisner, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * [T]here is much of value to be found in this volume. * Journal of the History of Philosophy *
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About Martin Pickave

Lisa Shapiro is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of numerous articles on Descartes, with a specific focus on how his writings on the passions sheds light on his account of human nature, and on writings of early modern women thinkers. She is also the editor and translator of The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes. Her current research is focussed on Spinoza, Condillac,
and Hume.
; Martin Pickave is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Medieval Studies at University of Toronto. He specializes in later medieval philosophy of mind and metaphysics, and is working on a monograph on medieval theories of the emotions.
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Table of contents

List of Contributors ; Abbreviations ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Dispassionate Passions ; 3. Why is the Sheep Afraid of the Wolf? Medieval Debates on Animal Passions ; 4. John Duns Scotus on the Passions of the Will ; 5. Intellections and Volitions in Ockham's Nominalism ; 6. Emotion and Cognition in Later Medieval Philosophy: The Case of Adam Wodeham ; 7. Sixteenth-Century Discussions of the Passions of the Will ; 8. The Philosopher as a Lover: Renaissance Debates on Platonic Eros ; 9. Reasons, Causes, and Inclinations ; 10. Using the Passions ; 11. How We Experience the World: Passionate Perception in Descartes and Spinoza ; 12. Agency and Attention in Malebranche's Theory of Cognition ; 13. Spinoza on Passions and Self-Knowledge: The Case of Pride ; 14. Family Trees: Sympathy, Comparison and the Proliferation of the Passions in Hume and his Predecessors ; Index
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