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The Rationality of Emotion
In this urbane and witty book, Ronald de Sousa disputes the widespread notion that reason and emotion are natural antagonists. He argues that emotions are a kind of perception, that their roots in the paradigm scenarios in which they are learned give them an essentially dramatic structure, and that they have a crucial role to-play in rational beliefs, desires, and decision ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 14th 1990 by Bradford Book
(first published October 16th 1987)
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This is a thickly worded (e.g.,antinomies, idiolects, iremic)treatment of emotions that makes it difficult to discern the author's points and overall argument. This book is his attempt to determine "the place of emotions in the theory of rationality." He states that emotions fall somewhere between "intentional actions" (choice) and "passivity" (physiological processes). He concludes that emotions do contribute to such a theory "by supplementing the formal rules" of rationality and that emotions ...more
I really wanted to like this book but, to be perfectly honest, I have no idea what the author is rattling on about 99% of the time. If you're well-versed in the jargon and well-read in the literature of the philosophy of emotions-- like, maybe a PhD candidate?-- then you might like this book. Or maybe not. I can't judge it any better than I could judge a motorcycle repair manual written in Japanese. Not for the interested layman.