The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions : The Great Courses: Understanding the Mind

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Robert C. Solomon
  • Series: The Great Courses: Understanding the Mind
  • 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Conventional wisdom suggests there is a sharp distinction between emotion and reason. Emotions are seen as inferior, disruptive, primitive, and even bestial forces. These 24 remarkable lectures suggest otherwise-that emotions have intelligence and provide personal strategies that are vitally important to our everyday lives of perceiving, evaluating, appraising, understanding, and acting in the world.
Take a tour of Professor Solomon's more than three-decade-long intellectual struggle to reach an understanding of emotions, which he argues are, "the key to the meaning of life." A distinguished philosopher himself, Professor Solomon's lectures unfold as a rich dialogue with other philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Adam Smith, Nietzsche, William James, Freud, Heidegger, and Sartre.
In your exploration, you'll address such questions as: how do we distinguish emotions from feelings, such as heartache? What is the meaning of our emotions, and how do they serve to enrich and guide our lives? Are there a determinable number of basic emotions that serve as building blocks for the range of emotions we experience? Is an emotion such as jealousy a genetic trait shared by all humans - or is it something learned? As you listen to these lectures, prepare to think: Think about your own emotions; think about what you observe in others; think about the enormous body of research and conjecture on this fascinating topic as Professor Solomon takes you on a challenging and stimulating journey. The more we puzzle over the nature of emotions, the deeper the mystery becomes. It is a mystery that is by no means solved, but one that repays in careful, philosophical analysis.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Fantastic

Absolutely brilliant set of lectures, very interesting questions posed and a lot of arguments given to explain and defend his stance
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- ShaneG

Riveting listening

Absolutely loved listening to this series if lectures, from an academic perspective they are engaging and accessible to the listener, outlining the complex nature of several emotions while tracking the temporal development of critical thinking through Aristotle, Kant, Hume and beyond.
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- Holly Parker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses