The Logic of Affect

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Cornell University Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 204 pages
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Most attempts to trace the roots of current scientific approaches to the mind have ignored the contributions of post-Kantian German idealism. Paul Redding here shows the relevance of this philosophical tradition to an understanding of the mind and its embodiment as well as the relation of feeling to cognition. Redding observes how Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel struggled with the problem of reconciling Kant's normative approach to experience and thought with the naturalistic stance of the emerging medical sciences. A century later William James, Freud, and Jung also addressed the interconnection of thought and feeling, reaching views similar to those of the post-Kantian idealists. In particular, Redding argues, the idealists conceived of a "logic of affect" that reemerged in Freud's concept of the primary process and in modern evolutionary ideas of subcortical processing. This innovative book demonstrates how new insights can be brought to the study of mentality and consciousness by considering previously overlooked interpretations. Redding shows that these early theorists of the unconscious can bring scholars to a better appreciation not only of classical thinkers like James and Freud but also of contemporary debates about the mind and emotions.
 

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Contents

AFFECT IN TWENTIETHCENTURY THOUGHT
7
2
24
The Cerebral Reflex
27
Jamess Later Critique of Phenomenalism
35
The Place of Affectional Facts in a World of Pure Experience
42
The NineteenthCentury Background
52
Information and Energy in the Freudian Mind
64
4
71
Feeling and Sensation in Kant and Fichte
101
Shellings Integration of Idealism and Realism
107
The Bodily Basis of Feeling
115
The Schellingian Unconscious
123
Hegels Spirit
129
Affect Reason and the Polarities of the Primary Process
136
8
145
Notes
159

Psychological and Logical Conceptions
80
FEELING REPRESENTATION
88
Body and Mind in Kant and Fichte
97

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Paul Redding is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

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