A Theory of Feelings

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Lexington Books, 2009 - Psychology - 224 pages
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A Theory of Feelings examines the problem of human feelings, widely understood, from phenomenological, analytic, and historical perspectives. It begins with an analysis of drives and affects, and pursues the nature of 'feeling' itself, in all of its variability, through a close study of the distinctive categories of emotions, emotional dispositions, orientive feelings, and the passions. As such, the starting point of the anlysis entails an examination of the characteristics of human involvement, or our ways of being in the world. Building upon this assessment of the conditions of human involvement, the philosophical history and emotional economy characteristic of modern relationships is treated, and the nature of expression, social division, suffering, and responsibility is evaluated in light of the theory of feeling presented here. The book is recommended to anyone interested in philosophy, psychology, sociology, and cognitive science.
 

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Contents

What Does It Mean to Feel?
11
The Classification of Feelings
59
How Do We Learn to Feel?
105
Value Orientation and Feelings
127
Particularist and Individual Feelings
143
Introduction to Part II
165
About the Historical Dynamics of the Modern World of Feelings in General
171
The Housekeeping of Feelings
185
The Abstraction of Feelings and Beyond
199
On Human Suffering
223
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Agnes Heller is the Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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