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Quite fascinating. There was a time when philosophers wrote about psychology in a way that neither contemporary psychologists nor philosophers now do. Like Descartes, Hume and others, Cogan is interested in categorising and cataloguing the 'passions and affections' (as he calls them), identifying the underlying principles that shape them, and analysing how they affect our thoughts, actions and general character. The result is a sort of philosophy of the emotions. For instance, he argues that all ...more