Ambivalence: A Philosophical Exploration by Hili Razinsky

By Hili Razinsky

Ambivalence (as in sensible conflicts, ethical dilemmas, conflicting ideals, and combined emotions) is a primary phenomenon of human lifestyles. but ambivalence is incompatible with entrenched philosophical conceptions of personhood, judgement, and motion, and is denied or marginalised by way of thinkers of numerous issues. This e-book takes a thorough new stance, bringing the examine of middle philosophical matters including that of ambivalence. The publication proposes new debts in numerous parts – together with subjectivity, cognizance, rationality, and price – whereas elucidating quite a lot of phenomena expressive of ambivalence, from emotional ambivalence to self-deception. The booklet rejects the view that ambivalence makes someone divided, displaying that our tension-fraught attitudes are profoundly unitary. Ambivalence isn't tantamount to confusion or to paralysis: it really is regularly primarily rational, and infrequently artistic, lively, and perceptive in addition. The booklet develops issues from Wittgenstein, Davidson, Sartre, and Freud. It engages with modern debates in Analytic Philosophy as well as paintings starting from Aristotle to Cultural stories and Empirical Psychology, and considers a wealthy set of examples from lifestyle and literature.

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