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Understanding Emotions

Mind and Morals, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Goldie


146 pages

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Understanding Emotions presents eight original essays on the emotions from leading contemporary philosophers in North America and the U.K: Simon Blackburn, Bill Brewer, Peter Goldie, Dan Hutto, Adam Morton, Michael Stocker, Barry Smith, and Finn Spicer. Goldie and Spicer's introductory chapter sets out the key themes of the ensuing chapters: surveying contemporary philosophical thinking about the emotions, and raising challenges to a number of prejudices that are sometimes brought to the topic from elsewhere in the philosophy of mind and moral philosophy. Brewer, Hutto, Goldie and Smith explore the conceptual and epistemological problems of other minds that the emotions raise, and how the emotions can be a source of knowledge of the world around us. The chapters by Stocker, Blackburn and Morton are broadly concerned with issues in morality: Stocker argues for the traditional Aristotelian view that emotions reveal value and are constitutive of value; Blackburn, from a more Augustinian perspective, argues that the virtuous person, like the rest of us, will be emotional but he or she will have the right emotions towards the right objects; Morton questions the idea of emotions and narrative as sources of self-understanding. An extensive bibliography completes the book. Drawing together the arguments of leading contemporary philosophers, focusing on issues in the philosophy of mind, epistemology and moral philosophy, this book offers a wide and deep understanding of the emotions, and will be of interest across the philosophical spectrum to students and researchers of this fascinating and important topic.


'… this volume is a worthwhile contribution to the growing literature on the emotions. The disparate nature of the papers should serve to demonstrate the richness of the emotions as a topic of study… I would expect this book to be of real influence in directing future work within this area.' Metapsychology Online Book Reviews '… this book will be of interest across the philosophical spectrum to students and researchers of this topic.' Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction, Peter Goldie and Finn Spicer; Emotion and other minds, Bill Brewer; The world is not enough: shared emotions and other minds, Daniel Hutto; Beware stories: emotions and virtues, Adam Morton; Some ways to value emotions, Michael Stocker; How emotional is the virtuous person?, Simon Blackburn; Emotion, personality and simulation, Peter Goldie; Keeping emotions in mind, Barry C. Smith; Bibliography; Index.

About the Series

Ashgate Epistemology and Mind Series

Ashgate Epistemology and Mind Series
The Ashgate Epistemology and Mind series presents contemporary international research at the intersection of metaphysics, epistemology, mind and language. Rooted in an awareness of the great epistemological and metaphysical issues dominating early modern philosophy, but focussed on contemporary, cutting edge research, the series aims to be inclusive and titles cross sub-disciplinary boundaries and integrate philosophy with psychology and other social sciences and the sciences. Offering research-led, yet intellectually accessible, stimulating new contributions to each topic for a wide international breadth of readers, each book breaks new ground in contemporary research to stimulate fresh debate in epistemology and philosophy of mind. This series of individually authored books is framed by a cluster of specially commissioned volumes of essay collections edited by leading scholars in the field. Particular focus areas for the series include: The A Priori; Other Minds; Psychological Explanation; Rationality and Norms of Reason; Empiricism; Contextualism; Direct Perception; Virtue Epistemology; Deductive Argument; Transcendental Arguments; Emotion & Expression; Privileged Access and First Person Authority.

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