Bringing the Passions Back In: The Emotions in Political Philosophy

Bringing the Passions Back In: The Emotions in Political Philosophy

By: Rebecca Kingston (editor), Leonard Ferry (editor)Hardback

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Bringing the Passions Back In draws upon the history of political theory to shed light on the place of emotions in politics; it illustrates how sophisticated thinking about the relationship between reason and passion can inform contemporary democratic political theory. These re-discovered resources are used to revise the rationalist and idealist model for political life in Anglo-American versions of liberalism. The rationalist ideal has been met with cynicism in progressive circles for undermining the role of emotion and passion in the public realm. By exploring the social and political implications of the emotions in the history of ideas, contributors examine new paradigms for liberalism and offer new appreciations of the potential for passion in political philosophy and practice. This important overview of the place of emotions within the history of political thought sheds new light on problems facing contemporary liberal and democratic political theory.

About Author

Rebecca Kingston is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. Leonard Ferry is a doctoral candidate in political philosophy at the University of Toronto. Contributors: Arash Abizadeh, Leah Bradshaw, Sharon Krause, Ingrid Makus, Amelie Oksenberg Rorty, Marlene K. Sokolon, Robert C. Solomon, Christina Tarnopolsky, and Charles Taylor


Foreword: Politics and Passion / Charles Taylor Acknowledgments Introduction: The Emotions and the History of Political Thought / Leonard Ferry and Rebecca Kingston 1 Explaining Emotions / Amelie Oksenberg Rorty 2 Plato on Shame and Frank Speech in Democratic Athens / Christina Tarnopolsky 3 The Passions of the Wise: Phronesis, Rhetoric, and Aristotle's Passionate Practical Deliberation / Arash Abizadeh 4 Troubling Business: The Emotions in Aquinas' Philosophical Psychology / Leonard Ferry 5 The Political Relevance of the Emotions from Descartes to Smith / Rebecca Kingston 6 Passion, Power, and Impartiality in Hume / Sharon Krause 7 Pity, Pride, and Prejudice: Rousseau on the Passions / Ingrid Makus 8 Feelings in the Political Philosophy of J.S. Mill / Marlene K. Sokolon 9 Emotions, Reasons, and Judgments / Leah Bradshaw 10 The Politics of Emotion / Robert C. Solomon Notes Bibliography Contributors Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780774814096
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780774814096
  • weight: 520
  • ISBN10: 0774814098

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