1st Edition

The Philosophy and Psychology of Ambivalence
Being of Two Minds

ISBN 9780367141134
Published December 23, 2020 by Routledge
336 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This book collects original essays by top scholars that address questions about the nature, origins, and effects of ambivalence. While the nature of agency has received an enormous amount of attention, relatively little has been written about ambivalence or how it relates to topics such as agency, rationality, justification, knowledge, autonomy, self-governance, well-being, social cognition, and various other topics. Ambivalence presents unique questions related to many major philosophical debates. For example, it relates to debates about virtues, rationality, and decision-making, agency or authenticity, emotions, and social or political metacognition. It is also relevant to a variety of larger debates in philosophy and psychology, including nature vs. nature, objectivity vs. subjectivity, or nomothetic vs. idiographic.

The essays in this book offer novel and wide-ranging perspectives on this emerging philosophical topic. They will be of interest to researchers and advanced students working in ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and social cognition.

Table of Contents

1. The Philosophical and Psychological Significance of Ambivalence: An Introduction

Brit Brogaard and Dimitria Electra Gatzia

Part I: Ambivalence, Rationality, and Truth

2. Ambivalence, Incoherence, and Self-Governance

John Brunero

3. Ambivalence-Autonomy Compatibilism

J. S. (Jenny) Blumenthal-Barby

4. Irrationality, Charity, and Ambivalence

Eric Wiland

5. Rational Epistemic Akrasia for the Ambivalent Pragmatist

Neil Sinhababu

6. Ambivalence, Uncertainty, and Modality

Barry Lam and Brett Sherman

7. Epistemic Vertigo

Duncan Pritchard

Part II: Ambivalence, Emotions, and Intentionality

8. Fitting Inconsistency and Reasonable Irresolution

Simon D. Feldman and Allan Hazlett

9. Self-Hatred, Self-Acceptance, and Self-Love

Katy Abramson and Adam Leite

10. To Express or not to Express: Ambivalence about Emotional Expressions

Trip Glazer

11. Intentionalism, Ambivalent Emotions, and the Body

Kathryn Pendoley and Sarah Arnaud

Part III: Ambivalence, Racism, and Global Justice

12. Cognitive Dissonance and the Logic of Racism

Berit Brogaard and Dimitria Electra Gatzia

13. The Body Politic Is of Two Minds: Political Ambivalence on Norms of Justice

Jill Delston

Part IV: Ambivalence, Well-Being, and Subjectivity

14. Ambivalence, Well-being, and Prudential Rationality

Jason R. Raibley

15. Bridling the Mindless Ambivalence: Langerian Mindfulness and Suspension of Intentionality

Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi and Ellen Langer

16. Ambivalence and the Borderline Position in the Existential-Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty: On Being and Having a Body-in-the-World from Primal Ambivalence to Intersubjective Ambiguity

Frank Scalambrino

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