Geometry of the Passions

Geometry of the Passions : Fear, Hope, Happiness: Philosophy and Political Use

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The passions have long been condemned as a creator of disturbance and purveyor of the temporary loss of reason, but as Remo Bodei argues in Geometry of the Passions, we must abandon the perception that order and disorder are in a constant state of collision.


By means of a theoretical and historical analysis, Bodei interprets the relationship between passion and reason as a conflict between two complementary logics. Geometry of the Passions investigates the paradoxical conflict-collaboration between passions and reason, and between individual and political projects. Tracing the roles passion and reason have played throughout history, including in the political agendas of Descartes, Hobbes, and the French Jacobins, Geometry of the Passions reveals how passion and reason may be used as a vehicle for affirmation rather than self-enslavement.
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  • Hardback | 520 pages
  • 140 x 231 x 41mm | 920g
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • 1487503369
  • 9781487503369

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION
by Remo Bodei
INTRODUCTION


PART 1: PASSIONS OF EXPECTATION


1 The Disorder of the Passions
2 Hope and Fear
3 Hobbes: Politics and Fear
4 Evil Because Unhappy
5 Amor mortis
6 Vanitas
7 Fear and Rejection
8 The Lynx and the Cuttlefish
9 Superstition


PART 2: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF WILL


Section 1: Consistency and Self-Control
1 Itineraries, Deviations, and Crossroads
2 Persuasion and Toughness
3 Consistency and Constancy
4 Fear and Delusion
5 Constancy: Neostoicism and Justus Lipsius
6 Rationalizing Hope


Section 2: Descartes, or the Good Use of the Passions
1 Masters of Themselves
2 Will and Joy
3 The Key to All Virtues
4 Medicine of the Passions


PART 3: THE GRAMMAR OF LOVE


1 Transitions
2 Loving without Being Loved


PART 4: THE GREAT HOPE


Section 1: Terror and Virtue
1 The Form of the Future
2 The Despotism of Liberty
3 Between Hope and Fear


Section 2: The Invisible Sovereign
1 Homo ideologicus


Section 3: Heaven on Earth
1 Reason in Myth


ABBREVIATIONS


INDEX
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About Remo Bodei

Remo Bodei is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Pisa, after having taught for many years at UCLA.
Gianpiero W. Doebler is a Lecturer in the Department of Italian at UCLA.
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