A Theory of Feelings

A Theory of Feelings

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A Theory of Feelings examines the problem of human feelings, widely understood, from phenomenological, analytical, and historical perspectives. It begins with an analysis of drives and affects, and pursues the nature of "feeling" itself, in all of its variability, through a close study of the distinctive categories of the emotions, emotional dispositions, orientive feelings, and the pasions. The book will be of interest to anyone interested in philosophy, psychology, sociology, and cognitive science.
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  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • 073912966X
  • 9780739129661
  • 2,235,910

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction to the Second Edition Part 2 The Phenomenology of Feelings Chapter 3 What Does it Mean to Feel Chapter 4 The Classification of Feelings Chapter 5 How Do We Learn to Feel? Chapter 6 Value Orientation and Feelings Chapter 7 Particularist and Individual Feelings Part 8 Contributions to the Social Philosophy of Feelings Chapter 9 Introduction to Part II Chapter 10 About the Historical Dynamics of the Bourgeois World of Feelings in General Chapter 11 The Housekeeping of Feelings Chapter 12 The Abstraction of Feelings and Beyond Part 13 Epilogue: On Human Suffering
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Since its initial publication in 1979, Agnes Heller's A Theory of Feelings has remained an unsurpassed point of reference for understanding this pivotal, if subterranean current of the Western philosophical tradition. Remarkably, in the wake of the postmodern "critique of reason," Heller's book has become even more timely than when it first appeared. This new edition reinforces Heller's status as one of the most innovative philosophical minds of the last half century. -- Richard Wolin, Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center
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About Agnes Heller

Agnes Heller is the Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
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