A Natural History of Human Emotions

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Grove Press, Sep 10, 2006 - History - 410 pages
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Using Charles Darwin's survey of emotions as a starting point, Stuart Walton's A Natural History of Human Emotions examines the history of each of our core emotions--fear, anger, disgust, sadness, jealousy, contempt, shame, embarrassment, surprise, and happiness--and how these emotions have influenced both cultural and social history. We learn that primitive fear served as the engine of religious belief, while a desire for happiness led to humankind's first musings on achieving a perfect utopia. Challenging the notion that human emotion has remained constant, A Natural History of Human Emotions explains why, in the last 250 years, society has changed its unwritten rules for what can be expressed in public and in private. Like An Intimate History of Humanity and Near a Thousand Tables, Walton's A Natural History of Human Emotions is a provocative examination of human feelings and a fascinating take on how emotions have shaped our past.
 

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I consider this book to be something of a misrepresentation. The jacket and the first few pages imply a scientific tour of the emotions, but what we actually get is a literary and historical tour ... Read full review

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From Laurel and Hardy's comedic surprise to the social unrest reflected in art and music, historians, anthropologists, and philosophers have long investigated the gamut of human emotions; here their ... Read full review

Contents

TO FEAR
3
ANGER
43
DISGUST
85
SADNESS
127
JEALOUSY
169
CONTEMPT
205
SHAME
241
EMBARRASSMENT
279
SURPRISE
315
HAPPINESS
345
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
380
INDEX
399
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