Rediscovering Emotion

Emotion and the Claims of Feeling

David Pugmire

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This book is about the anatomy of emotion. It shows what distinguishes emotions from related psychological phenomena that may resemble or even contribute to them, and it considers the light that this throws on the emotional life. It reappraises the relations between thought and feeling and urges that a non-reductive approach to feeling illuminates some of the risks that emotions can bring. This is essential reading for students studying philosophy of mind, philosophical psychology and aesthetics, as well as social scientists working in fields such as social anthropology. Through a detailed account of feeling, the author draws on the notion of subjectivity. This places the book in the wider context of controversies in the philosophy of mind; subjectivity, reduction and consciousness. The final chapter uniquely assesses the contrast between belief, thought and feeling developed earlier to illuminate phenomenon of false emotions.

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Completely first rate.
Aaron Ridley
A subtle and persuasive study of emotion, one that aims 'at the restoration of emotional affect, or feeling, as a free standing, working concept in understanding emotion' (p. 4), and proposes that 'emotions themselves comprise a sui generis type of valuation' (p. 5) ... Pugmire offers an extremely shrewd challenge to standard ways of thinking about emotion and feeling, one that should be admired and confronted by the arguments' friends and foes alike.
This book must be regarded as a success and an important contribution to our philosophical understanding of emotion ... The book is written with clarity, insight and, appropriately, a good deal of feeling, which makes it both extremely readable and a highly significant contribution to our understanding of the nature of emotion.
The analyses of emotions throughout the book are adroit, resourceful and lucidly expressed.
Ronald Hepburn
One of the best book-length studies on the subject that I have read.
Alex Neil

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