Upheavals of Thought

The Intelligence of Emotions
Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521531825
Category: Philosophy
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A philosophical examination of the emotions as highly discriminating responses to what is of value.

Upheavals of Thought

The Intelligence of Emotions
Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107078423
Category: Philosophy
Page: N.A
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Emotions shape the landscape of our mental and social lives. Like geological upheavals in a landscape, they mark our lives as uneven, uncertain and prone to reversal. Are they simply, as some have claimed, animal energies or impulses with no connection to our thoughts? Or are they rather suffused with intelligence and discernment, and thus a source of deep awareness and understanding? In this compelling book, Martha C. Nussbaum presents a powerful argument for treating emotions not as alien forces but as highly discriminating responses to what is of value and importance. She explores and illuminates the structure of a wide range of emotions, in particular compassion and love, showing that there can be no adequate ethical theory without an adequate theory of the emotions. This involves understanding their cultural sources, their history in infancy and childhood, and their sometimes unpredictable and disorderly operations in our daily lives.

Upheavals of Thought

The Intelligence of Emotions
Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780521462020
Category: Philosophy
Page: 751
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A philosophical examination of the emotions as highly discriminating responses to what is of value.

The Monarchy of Fear

A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis
Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501172506
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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From one of the world’s most celebrated moral philosophers comes a thorough examination of the current political crisis and recommendations for how to mend our divided country. For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her attention to the current political crisis that has polarized American since the 2016 election. Although today’s atmosphere is marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalization has produced feelings of powerlessness in millions of people in the West. That sense of powerlessness bubbles into resentment and blame. Blame of immigrants. Blame of Muslims. Blame of other races. Blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame is exemplified by the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues it can be found on all sides of the political spectrum, left or right. Drawing on a mix of historical and contemporary examples, from classical Athens to the musical Hamilton, The Monarchy of Fear untangles this web of feelings and provides a roadmap of where to go next.

Political Emotions


Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674728297
Category: Philosophy
Page: 480
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Martha Nussbaum asks: How can we sustain a decent society that aspires to justice and inspires sacrifice for the common good? Amid negative emotions endemic even to good societies, public emotions rooted in love--intense attachments outside our control--can foster commitment to shared goals and keep at bay the forces of disgust and envy.

Philosophical Interventions

Reviews 1986-2011
Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 0199777853
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 419
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This volume collects the notable published book reviews of Martha C. Nussbaum, an acclaimed philosopher who is also a professor of law and a public intellectual. Her academic work focuses on questions of moral and political philosophy and on the nature of the emotions. But over the past 25 years she has also written many book reviews for a general public, in periodicals such as The New Republic and The New York Review of Books. Dating from 1986 to the present, these essays engage, constructively and also critically, with authors like Roger Scruton, Allan Bloom, Charles Taylor, Judith Butler, Richard Posner, Catharine MacKinnon, Susan Moller Okin, and other prominent intellectuals of our time. Throughout, her views defy ideological predictability, heralding valuable work from little-known sources, deftly criticizing where criticism is due, and generally providing a compelling picture of how philosophy in the Socratic tradition can engage with broad social concerns. For this volume, Nussbaum provides an intriguing introduction that explains her selection and provides her view of the role of the public philosopher.

Anger and Forgiveness

Resentment, Generosity, Justice
Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199335893
Category: Philosophy
Page: 208
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Anger is not just ubiquitous, it is also popular. Many people think it is impossible to care sufficiently for justice without anger at injustice. Many believe that it is impossible for individuals to vindicate their own self-respect or to move beyond an injury without anger. To not feel anger in those cases would be considered suspect. Is this how we should think about anger, or is anger above all a disease, deforming both the personal and the political? In this wide-ranging book, Martha C. Nussbaum, one of our leading public intellectuals, argues that anger is conceptually confused and normatively pernicious. It assumes that the suffering of the wrongdoer restores the thing that was damaged, and it betrays an all-too-lively interest in relative status and humiliation. Studying anger in intimate relationships, casual daily interactions, the workplace, the criminal justice system, and movements for social transformation, Nussbaum shows that anger's core ideas are both infantile and harmful. Is forgiveness the best way of transcending anger? Nussbaum examines different conceptions of this much-sentimentalized notion, both in the Jewish and Christian traditions and in secular morality. Some forms of forgiveness are ethically promising, she claims, but others are subtle allies of retribution: those that exact a performance of contrition and abasement as a condition of waiving angry feelings. In general, she argues, a spirit of generosity (combined, in some cases, with a reliance on impartial welfare-oriented legal institutions) is the best way to respond to injury. Applied to the personal and the political realms, Nussbaum's profoundly insightful and erudite view of anger and forgiveness puts both in a startling new light.

Aging Thoughtfully

Conversations about Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, and Regret
Author: Martha C. Nussbaum,Saul Levmore
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190600233
Category:
Page: 256
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We all age differently, but we can learn from shared experiences and insights. The conversations, or paired essays, in Aging Thoughtfully combine a philosopher's approach with a lawyer-economist's. Here are ideas about when to retire, how to refashion social security to help the elderly poor, how to learn from King Lear -- who did not retire successfully -- and whether to enjoy or criticize anti-aging cosmetic procedures. Some of the concerns are practical: philanthropic decisions, relations with one's children and grandchildren, the purchase of annuities, and how to provide for care in old age. Other topics are cultural, ranging from the treatment of aging women in a Strauss opera and various popular films, to a consideration of Donald Trump's (and other men's) marriages to much younger women. These engaging, thoughtful, and often humorous exchanges show how stimulating discussions about our inevitable aging can be, and offer valuable insight into how we all might age more thoughtfully, and with zest and friendship.

Creating Capabilities


Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674061209
Category: Philosophy
Page: 252
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This is a primer on the Capabilities Approach, Martha Nussbaum’s innovative model for assessing human progress. She argues that much humanitarian policy today violates basic human values; instead, she offers a unique means of redirecting government and development policy toward helping each of us lead a full and creative life.

Love's Knowledge

Essays on Philosophy and Literature
Author: Martha Craven Nussbaum
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 9780195074857
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 403
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This volume brings together Nussbaum's published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy. The papers, many of them previously inaccessible to non-specialist readers, deal with such fundamental issues as the relationship between style and content in the exploration of ethical issues; the nature of ethical attention and ethical knowledge and their relationship to written forms and styles; and the role of the emotions in deliberation and self-knowledge. Nussbaum investigates and defends a conception of ethical understanding which involves emotional as well as intellectual activity, and which gives a certain type of priority to the perception of particular people and situations rather than to abstract rules. She argues that this ethical conception cannot be completely and appropriately stated without turning to forms of writing usually considered literary rather than philosophical. It is consequently necessary to broaden our conception of moral philosophy in order to include these forms. Featuring two new essays and revised versions of several previously published essays, this collection attempts to articulate the relationship, within such a broader ethical inquiry, between literary and more abstractly theoretical elements.

Emotion and Peace of Mind

From Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation
Author: Richard Sorabji
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198250053
Category: Medical
Page: 499
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'This volume shows enormous learning and contains a wealth of fascinating information, intriguing interpretations and provocative suggestions... there is much here to admire and to learn from. The chapter on the development of the concept of the will is subtle, sensitive and illuminating... an important work, which should interest and stimulate a broad readership for some time to come.' -Mind'Another brilliant, astounding production, exciting in the breadth of its coverage, terrifying in the scope of its learning... rich, provocative, varied, and entertaining.' -Tad Brennan, Philosophical Books'Careful, scholarly work on ancient thought which also speaks to contemporary philosophical concerns... it makes available to a general readership some important quotations from less well-known, but nonetheless important, philosophers from antiquity. Sorabji even includes an index of ancient philosophers by school to help the beginner keep track of all the players in this rich drama. It is a work from which specialists can benefit as well. It includes a splendid bibliography, as well as a detailed subject index and index locorum. Anyone who has enjoyed and benefited from his work on ancient metaphysics and science will want this book as well.' -Australasian Journal of Philosophy'This book will be read with interest by those concerned with the analysis of aesthetic experience, in the theatre and listening to music, for instance.' -Times Higher Education Supplement'Richard Sorabji is an enthusiastic exploiter of ancient texts for insights we can use today.' -Times Higher Education Supplement'Sorabji's book is a major contribution to research on the analysis of the emotions in classical, Hellenistic and late antique philosophy and should be regarded as essential reading for all scholars with a serious interest in this topic.' -Bryn Mawr Classical ReviewRichard Sorabji presents a ground-breaking study of ancient Greek views of the emotions and their influence on subsequent theories and attitudes, pagan and Christian. The key questions are ones that concern everyone: what is emotion, and how does one cope with one's own emotions and establish peace of mind? The central focus of the book is the Stoics, but Sorabji draws on a vast range of texts to give a rich historical survey of how Western thinking about this central aspect of human nature developed. The result is a magisterial work of scholarship which will be fascinating for anyone with an interest in the emotions from a historical or contemporary perspective.

Hiding from Humanity

Disgust, Shame, and the Law
Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400825946
Category: Law
Page: 432
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Should laws about sex and pornography be based on social conventions about what is disgusting? Should felons be required to display bumper stickers or wear T-shirts that announce their crimes? This powerful and elegantly written book, by one of America's most influential philosophers, presents a critique of the role that shame and disgust play in our individual and social lives and, in particular, in the law. Martha Nussbaum argues that we should be wary of these emotions because they are associated in troubling ways with a desire to hide from our humanity, embodying an unrealistic and sometimes pathological wish to be invulnerable. Nussbaum argues that the thought-content of disgust embodies "magical ideas of contamination, and impossible aspirations to purity that are just not in line with human life as we know it." She argues that disgust should never be the basis for criminalizing an act, or play either the aggravating or the mitigating role in criminal law it currently does. She writes that we should be similarly suspicious of what she calls "primitive shame," a shame "at the very fact of human imperfection," and she is harshly critical of the role that such shame plays in certain punishments. Drawing on an extraordinarily rich variety of philosophical, psychological, and historical references--from Aristotle and Freud to Nazi ideas about purity--and on legal examples as diverse as the trials of Oscar Wilde and the Martha Stewart insider trading case, this is a major work of legal and moral philosophy.

The Emotions

A Philosophical Exploration
Author: Peter Goldie
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199253043
Category: Philosophy
Page: 272
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Peter Goldie opens the path to a deeper understanding of our emotional lives through a lucid philosophical exploration of this surprisingly neglected topic. He illuminates the phenomena of emotion by drawing not only on philosophy but also on literature and science. He considers the roles of culture and evolution in the development of our emotional capabilities. He examines the links between emotion, mood, and character, and places the emotions in the context of such related phenomena as consciousness, thought, feeling, and imagination. He explains how it is that we are able to make sense of our own and other people's emotions, and how we can explain the very human things which emotions lead us to do. A key theme of The Emotions is the idea of a personal perspective or point of view, contrasted with the impersonal stance of the empirical sciences. Goldie argues that it is only from the personal point of view that thoughts, reasons, feelings, and actions come into view. He suggests that there is a tendency for philosophers to over-intellectualize the emotions, and investigates how far it is possible to explain emotions in terms of rationality. Over-intellectualizing can also involve neglecting the centrality of feelings, and Goldie shows how to put them where they belong, as part of the intentionality of emotional experience, directed towards the world from a point of view. Goldie argues that the various elements of emotional experience—including thought, feeling, bodily change, and expression—are tied together in a narrative structure. To make sense of one's emotional life one has to see it as part of a larger unfolding narrative. The narrative is not simply an interpretative framework of a life: it is what that life is. Goldie concludes by applying these ideas in a close study of one particular emotion: jealousy. This fascinating book gives an accessible but penetrating exploration of a subject that is important but mysterious to all of us. Any reader interested in emotion, and its role in our understanding of our lives, will find much to think about here.

Language and Logos

Studies in Ancient Greek Philosophy Presented to G. E. L. Owen
Author: Malcolm Schofield,Martha Craven Nussbaum
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521027942
Category: Philosophy
Page: 359
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Celebrating the sixtieth birthday of G. E. L. Owen, this is a book for specialists in Greek philosophy and philosophers of language.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion


Author: Peter Goldie
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0199235015
Category: Philosophy
Page: 736
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This Handbook presents thirty-one state-of-the-art contributions from the most notable writers on philosophy of emotion today. Anyone working on the nature of emotion, its history, or its relation to reason, self, value, or art, whether at the level of research or advanced study, will find the book an unrivalled resource and a fascinating read.

Cultural Politics of Emotion


Author: Sara Ahmed
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748691154
Category: Philosophy
Page: 224
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A bold exploration of the relationship between emotions and politics, through case studies on international terrorism, asylum, migration, reconciliation and reparation. Develops a theory of how emotions work and their effects on our daily lives.

Valuing Emotions


Author: Michael Stocker,Elizabeth Hegeman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521567862
Category: Philosophy
Page: 353
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This 1996 book is the result of a uniquely productive union of philosophy, psychoanalysis and anthropology, and explores the complexity and importance of emotions. Michael Stocker places emotions at the very centre of human identity, life and value. He lays bare how our culture's idealisation of rationality pervades the philosophical tradition and leads those who wrestle with serious ethical and philosophical problems into distortion and misunderstanding. Professor Stocker shows how important are the social and emotional contexts of ethical dilemmas and inner conflicts, and he challenges philosophical theories that try to overgeneralise and over-simplify by leaving out the particulars of each situation. In offering a realistic account of emotions and an in-depth analysis of how psychological factors affect judgments of all kind, this book will interest a broad range of readers across the disciplines of philosophy and psychology.

Archetypes of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy


Author: Douglas J. Soccio
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1305445619
Category: Philosophy
Page: 624
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ARCHETYPES OF WISDOM, 9E uses a historical approach to bring philosophy to life through lively narratives, engaging illustrations, and a student-friendly writing style. Using its signature conversational prose, the textbook guides students through the lives and works of history’s greatest philosophers, drawing from both canonical primary sources and the latest philosophical critiques. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Fragility of Goodness

Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy
Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107393779
Category: Philosophy
Page: N.A
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This book is a study of ancient views about 'moral luck'. It examines the fundamental ethical problem that many of the valued constituents of a well-lived life are vulnerable to factors outside a person's control, and asks how this affects our appraisal of persons and their lives. The Greeks made a profound contribution to these questions, yet neither the problems nor the Greek views of them have received the attention they deserve. This book thus recovers a central dimension of Greek thought and addresses major issues in contemporary ethical theory. One of its most original aspects is its interrelated treatment of both literary and philosophical texts. The Fragility of Goodness has proven to be important reading for philosophers and classicists, and its non-technical style makes it accessible to any educated person interested in the difficult problems it tackles. This edition, first published in 2001, features a preface by Martha Nussbaum.

Moral Prejudices

Essays on Ethics
Author: Annette Baier
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674587168
Category: Philosophy
Page: 369
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Annette Baier delivers an appeal for our fundamental moral notions to be governed not by rules and codes but by trust: a moral prejudice. Along the way, she gives us the best feminist philosophy there is. Baierâe(tm)s topics range from violence to love, from cruelty to justice, and are linked by a preoccupation with vulnerability and inequality of vulnerability, with trust and distrust of equals, with cooperation and isolation. Throughout, she is concerned with the theme of womenâe(tm)s roles. In this provocative exploration of the implications of trusting to trust rather than proscription, Baier interweaves anecdote and autobiography with readings of Hume and Kant to produce an entertaining, challenging, and highly readable book.