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Valuing Emotions

Valuing Emotions

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521561105

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About the Authors
  • This book is the result of a uniquely productive union of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and anthropology, and explores the complexity and importance of emotions. Michael Stocker places emotions at the very center of human identity, life and value. He shows how important are the social and emotional contexts of ethical dilemmas and inner conflicts, and he challenges philosophical theories that try to overgeneralize and over simplify by leaving out the particulars of each situation. This book will interest a broad range of readers across the disciplines of philosophy and psychology.

    • Good interdisciplinary topic
    • No book of comparable depth available
    • Stocker is a well-known philosopher. He is the author of Plural and Conflicting Values (Oxford, 1992)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Stocker's new book is a pleasure to read, as he is open in entertaining counterarguments and is generous in crediting the work of others. Indeed, there is no other book that I know of which makes the argument in favor of philosophers rethinking their views of emotions as fairly, cogently, and wisely. Stocker and Hegeman have written an enlightening and stimulating book that pursues the reader to reexamine prevailing views of emotions among philosophers. Stocker and Hegeman have made a significant contribution in this book in defending the idea that `the unfelt life is not worth living'(186)." Elliot L. Jurist, Metaphilosophy LLC and Blackwell Publishers Ltd.

    "Stocker has written a rich and provocative book. Its range and fertitlity is much greater than I can convey in this review. There are interesting dicussions of pleasure....And throughout, Stocker presses disquieting questions of contemporary theorists of emotion and value. Philosophers, even and perhaps especially those whom Stocker means to confound, will benefit from perusing its pages." John Deigh, The Philosophical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521561105
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Preliminary Material:
    1. The irreducibility of affectivity
    2. How emotions reveal value
    Part II. Emotions and Value: Some Epistemological and Constitutive Relations:
    3. Emotional problems suggest epistemological problems (with Elizabeth Hegeman)
    4. Do these connections show emotions important for value, or do they show something else?
    5. Emotions are important for evaluation and value
    6. Emotions as constituents and as added perfections
    7. How emotions help with evaluative knowledge (with Elizabeth Hegeman)
    Part III. Case Studies: Philosophical and Other Complexities of Emotions:
    8. The interdependence of emotions and psychology (with Elizabeth Hegeman)
    9. Affectivity and self-concern
    10. The complex evaluative world of Aristotle's Angry Man (with Elizabeth Hegeman)
    11. Some final conclusions.

  • Author

    Michael Stocker, Syracuse University, New York


    Elizabeth Hegeman, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

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