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Philosophy and the Passions: Toward a History of Human Nature - Literature and Philosophy (Paperback)
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Philosophy and the Passions: Toward a History of Human Nature - Literature and Philosophy (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 07/11/2000
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The subject of the passions has always haunted Western philosophy and, more often than not, aroused harsh judgments. For the passions represent a force of excess and lawlessness in humanity that produces troubling, confusing paradoxes.

Michel Meyer provides new insight into an age-old dilemma: Does passion torture people because it blinds them, or, on the contrary, does it permit them to apprehend who and what we really are?

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271020327
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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"The subject of emotions in philosophy is very much on the front burner in many areas today, including such diverse disciplines as cognitive science, ethics, and the philosophy of rhetoric. Meyer's book is thus right on the money. It is sensible in its quasi-historical structure, imaginative in its insights, especially at the intersection of emotions, rationality, rhetoric, and logic, which is one of the author's primary concerns. I recommend it to English-speaking philosophers who are interested in the subject of emotions and in what is currently going on on the other side of the English Channel."

--Robert C. Solomon, University of Texas, Author of The Passions


"Michel Meyer offers a wide-ranging exegesis--the first of its kind--that systematically retraces the history of philosophical conceptions of the passions in the work of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Spinoza, Descartes, Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, and Freud. The great ruptures that led to passion's condemnation as sin, and to its romantic exultation as the truth of existence, are meticulously registered and the logic governing them astutely explained."

--Translation Review

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