Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

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  • Copyright: 12/2/2012
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Historians of philosophy have typically focused on the discussions of the moral relevance of emotions. With the exception of ancient philosophy, the place of emotions in cognition has received little attention. Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy shifts the focus of discussion to the treatment of emotion in the medieval and early modern periods. A team of leading philosophers of the medieval, renaissance, and early modernperiods explore the relationship between emotion in these periods and the ways in which emotions figure in our cognitive lives. They explore the situation of emotions within the human mind; the intentionality of emotions and their role in cognition; emotions and action; the role of emotion inself-understanding and the social situation of individuals.

Author Biography

Martin Pickavé is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Medieval Studies at University of Toronto. He specializes in later medieval philosophy of mind and metaphysics, and is working on a monograph on medieval theories of the emotions.

Lisa Shapiro is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of numerous articles on Descartes, with a specific focus on how his writings on the passions sheds light on his account of human nature, and on writings of early modern women thinkers. She is also the editor and translator of The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes. Her current research is focussed on Spinoza, Condillac, and Hume.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1. Introduction, Martin Pickave and Lisa Shapiro
2. Dispassionate Passions, Peter King
3. Why is the Sheep Afraid of the Wolf? Medieval Debates on Animal Passions, Dominik Perler
4. John Duns Scotus on the Passions of the Will, Ian Drummond
5. Intellections and Volitions in Ockham's Nominalism, Claude Pannaccio
6. Emotion and Cognition in Later Medieval Philosophy: The Case of Adam Wodeham, Martin Pickave
7. Sixteenth-Century Discussions of the Passions of the Will, Simo Knuuttila
8. The Philosopher as a Lover: Renaissance Debates on Platonic Eros, Sabrina Ebbersmeyer
9. Reasons, Causes, and Inclinations, Paul Hoffman
10. Using the Passions, Dennis Des Chene
11. How We Experience the World: Passionate Perception in Descartes and Spinoza, Lisa Shapiro
12. Agency and Attention in Malebranche's Theory of Cognition, Deborah Brown
13. Spinoza on Passions and Self-Knowledge: The Case of Pride, Lilli Alanen
14. Family Trees: Sympathy, Comparison and the Proliferation of the Passions in Hume and his Predecessors, Amy M. Schmitter

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