Reason Over Passion: The Social Basis of Evaluation and Appraisal

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Jul 25, 1979 - Philosophy - 162 pages
"Reason is not passion's slave." Rather, the author argues, reason appraises the cultural appropriateness of passion, thus directing our attitudinal behaviour. He refutes those theories of value which correspond philosophically to societies described by Jean-Jacques Rousseau: societies of "honour without virtue, reason without wisdom, pleasure without happiness." His argument, which takes into account traditional philosophic positions, is divided into five parts: Attitudes, Evaluation, Characterization, Culture, Morality.
 

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Contents

ATTITUDES
7
EVALUATION
37
CHARACTERIZATION
63
Characterization vs Evaluation
81
Agreement and Reality
89
CULTURE
97
Human Nature
114
Human Respectability
133
Educating the Emotions
146
INDEX
159
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Page 1 - ... shall do. On the one hand the standard of right and wrong, on the other the chain of causes and effects, are fastened to their throne. They govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think; every effort we can make to throw off our subjection will serve but to demonstrate and confirm it. In words a man may pretend to abjure their empire; but in reality he will remain subject to it all the while.

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Evan Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University. He received the A.B. degree from Amherst College and the Ph.D. degree from Duke University. He has contributed articles on social philosophy, aesthetics, and human action to Ethics, Philosophy, the American Philosophical Quarterly, and other journals.

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