A Theory of Feelings examines the problem of human feelings, widely understood, from phenomenological, analytical, 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 the emotions, emotional dispositions, orientive feelings, and the pasions. The book will be of interest to anyone interested in philosophy, psychology, sociology, and cognitive science.
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.
Part 1 Introduction to the Second Edition Part 2 The Phenomenology of Feelings Chapter 3 What Does it Mean to Feel Chapter 4 The Classification of Feelings Chapter 5 How Do We Learn to Feel? Chapter 6 Value Orientation and Feelings Chapter 7 Particularist and Individual Feelings Part 8 Contributions to the Social Philosophy of Feelings Chapter 9 Introduction to Part II Chapter 10 About the Historical Dynamics of the Bourgeois World of Feelings in General Chapter 11 The Housekeeping of Feelings Chapter 12 The Abstraction of Feelings and Beyond Part 13 Epilogue: On Human Suffering