Not Passion's Slave: Emotions and Choice by Robert Solomon

By Robert Solomon

the concept that we're in a few major experience accountable for our feelings is an concept that Robert Solomon has constructed for nearly 3 a long time. right here, in one quantity, he strains the advance of this conception of feelings and intricate it intimately. issues run via his paintings: the 1st offers a "cognitive" conception of feelings within which feelings are construed basically as evaluative judgments. the second one proposes an "existentialist" point of view within which he defends the concept, as we're accountable for our feelings. certainly, occasionally it even is sensible to claim that we "choose" them. whereas the 1st declare has received expanding forex within the literature, his declare approximately accountability for feelings has endured to fulfill with significant resistance and misinterpretation. the hot emphasis on evolutionary biology and neurology has (mistakenly) bolstered the preferred prejudice that feelings "happen" to us and are totally past our control.

This quantity can also be a sort of highbrow memoir of Solomon¹s personal improvement as a philosopher. The essays written within the Eighties intricate the topics of the "intentionality" of emotion and the declare that feelings are "judgments"; during this interval, he's additionally more and more preoccupied with how feelings range and are pointed out in a number of cultures. within the 1990's, his pursuits evolve to think about the social and political function of feelings and theories approximately emotion. the ultimate part offers his present philosophical place at the seeming "passivity" of the passions. regardless of his personal serious evaluate of his previous paintings, he keeps to argue that, within the bottom line, we're chargeable for our feelings and existential caliber of our lives.

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