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From passions to emotions : the creation of a secular psychological category, Thomas Dixon

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From passions to emotions : the creation of a secular psychological category
Title
From passions to emotions
Title remainder
the creation of a secular psychological category
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Dixon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
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Dixon, Thomas
Index
index present
LC call number
B105.E46
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Emotions
  • Emotions (Philosophy)
Target audience
adult
Label
From passions to emotions : the creation of a secular psychological category, Thomas Dixon
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2003
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 252-278) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: From passions and affections to emotions -- Passions and affections in Augustine and Aquinas -- From movements to mechanisms: passions, sentiments, and affections in the Age of Reason -- The Scottish creation of 'the emotions': David Hume, Thomas Brown, Thomas Chalmers -- The physicalist appropriation of Brownian emotions: Alexander Bain, Herbert Spencer, Charles Darwin -- Christian and theistic responses to the new physicalist emotions paradigm -- What was an emotion in 1884? William James and his critics -- Conclusions: How history can help us think about 'the emotions'
Control code
005090497
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 287 p.
Isbn
9780521026697
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
From passions to emotions : the creation of a secular psychological category, Thomas Dixon
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2003
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 252-278) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: From passions and affections to emotions -- Passions and affections in Augustine and Aquinas -- From movements to mechanisms: passions, sentiments, and affections in the Age of Reason -- The Scottish creation of 'the emotions': David Hume, Thomas Brown, Thomas Chalmers -- The physicalist appropriation of Brownian emotions: Alexander Bain, Herbert Spencer, Charles Darwin -- Christian and theistic responses to the new physicalist emotions paradigm -- What was an emotion in 1884? William James and his critics -- Conclusions: How history can help us think about 'the emotions'
Control code
005090497
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 287 p.
Isbn
9780521026697
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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