From Passions to Emotions Paperback

The Creation of a Secular Psychological Category

by Thomas Dixon;


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From Passions to Emotions

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Today there is a thriving 'emotions industry' to which philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists are contributing. Yet until two centuries ago 'the emotions' did not exist. In this path-breaking study Thomas Dixon shows how, during the nineteenth century, the emotions came into being as a distinct psychological category, replacing existing categories such as appetites, passions, sentiments and affections. By examining medieval and eighteenth-century theological psychologies and placing Charles Darwin and William James within a broader and more complex nineteenth-century setting, Thomas Dixon argues that this domination by one single descriptive category is not healthy. Overinclusivity of 'the emotions' hampers attempts to argue with any subtlety about the enormous range of mental states and stances of which humans are capable. This book is an important contribution to the debate about emotion and rationality which has preoccupied western thinkers throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and has implications for contemporary debates.

From Passions to Emotions by Thomas Dixon was published by Cambridge University Press in June 2006. The ISBN for From Passions to Emotions is 9780521026697.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (June 2006)
Weight440g
Number of Pages300
Thickness17 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780521026697
ISBN-100521026695
Product Code4532559
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