Vincent Colapietro
Pennsylvania State University
Philosophers have hardly ignored the emotions or, more generally, the affective dimensions of human life.1 Even the most rationalistic of them, such as René Descartes, Benedict Spinoza, and Immanuel Kant, have paid systematic, detailed attention to human emotions. Even so, there is a tendency on the part of even empirically inclined theorists to view emotions as threats to rationality. In a book subtitled The Intelligence of Emotions, Martha Nussbaum takes her title from an abbreviation of Marcel Proust's characterization of emotions as "geologic upheavals of thought." Her point, however, is to contest this characterization, by showing how emotions are unfairly treated when they are considered exclusively in...
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