Ronald de Sousa The Rationality of Emotion

ISBN 13: 9780262040921

The Rationality of Emotion

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In this urbane and witty book, Ronald de Sousa disputes the widespread notion that reason and emotion are natural antagonists. He argues that emotions are a kind of perception, that their roots in the paradigm scenarios in which they are learned give them an essentially dramatic structure, and that they have a crucial role to-play in rational beliefs, desires, and decisions by breaking the deadlocks of pure reason.

The book's twelve chapters take up the following topics: alternative models of mind and emotion; the relation between evolutionary, physiological, and social factors in emotions; a taxonomy of objects of emotions; assessments of emotions for correctness and rationality; the regulation by emotions of logical and practical reasoning; emotion and time; the mechanism of emotional self-deception; the ethics of laughter; and the roles of emotions in the conduct of life. There is also an illustrative interlude, in the form of a lively dialogue about the ideology of love, jealousy, and sexual exclusiveness.

Ronald de Sousa teaches philosophy at the University of Toronto. A Bradford Book.

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Granting that some things we call emotions, e.g., moods, are subjective, de Sousa contends that emotions typically intend aspects of the objective world and can be rationally appraised. He alleges that we standardly learn the vocabulary of emotion by associating emotion-names with paradigm scenarios of early life that subsequent cultural experience reinforces. Thereafter, emotional objectivity arises in terms of the similarities between an emotion's new target-situation and its paradigm scenario. He works out his theory in considerable detail and with commendable clarity. Highly recommended for college philosophy collections. Robert Hoffman, York Coll., CUNY
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"De Sousa builds his case in a highly informed and readable way. He is in complete control of the literature on the emotions (historical, philosophical, physiological, and psychological). He also manages to bring in an extraordinary range of references from surprising places - Erica Jong, André Gide, Dorothy Dinnerstein. This sort of humane ease and wide-ranging vision makes for fun and often funny reading, but always, happily, in the service of the main argument. One of the virtues of de Sousa's book is that it offers an analysis of the emotions that will be congenial to many philosophers working in the cognitivist tradition."
- Owen Flanagan, Wellesley College

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Editore: The MIT Press (1987)
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Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1987. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110262040921

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