Not Passion's Slave: Emotions and Choice

Oxford University Press (2003)
Not Passion's Slave is a collection of Solomon's most significant essay-length publications on the nature of emotions over the past twenty-five years. He develops two essential themes throughout the volume: firstly, he presents a "cognitive" theory of emotions in which emotions are construed primarily as evaluative judgments; secondly, he proposes an "existentialist" perspective in which he defends the idea that we are responsible for our emotions and, in a limited sense, "choose" them. The final section presents his current philosophical position on the seeming "passivity" of the passions. Ultimately, Solomon advocates the idea that we have control over, and are essentially responsible for, the emotional and existential quality of our lives.
Keywords Emotions (Philosophy
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Call number B105.E46.S67 2003
ISBN(s) 0195145496   0195179781   9780195145496  
DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2005.tb00486.x
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