Review: Emotional Truth, Ronald de Sousa [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Emotional Truth is de Sousa's second book on emotion. The Rationality of Emotion (1987) is to be counted among the classics in the now thriving field of the philosophy of emotion. Emotional Truth is a natural sequel; it not only expands on some of the ideas presented in de Sousa's older book, but presents new highly stimulating and often intriguing ideas as well. De Sousa's writing, although at times a bit hard to follow and unnecessarily technical, is insightful, witty and elegant. De Sousa is a wonderfully creative writer, and like many creative writers, he sometimes privileges depth over rigor. On the one hand, this is a major shortcoming; on the other hand, this is a great spur for further research. Although not everyone will be happy with the book, Emotional Truth is a must-read for anyone serious about research on emotion.
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