By Robert C. Solomon
We are living our lives via our feelings, writes Robert Solomon, and it truly is our feelings that supply our lives which means. What pursuits or fascinates us, who we adore, what angers us, what strikes us, what bores us--all of this defines us, offers us personality, constitutes who we are.
In precise to Our emotions, Solomon illuminates the wealthy lifetime of the emotions--why we don't particularly comprehend them, what they are surely, and the way they make us human and provides desiring to existence. feelings have lately develop into a hugely trendy quarter of analysis within the sciences, with mind imaging uncovering helpful clues as to how we adventure our emotions. yet whereas Solomon presents a advisor to this state-of-the-art study, in addition to to what others--philosophers and psychologists--have acknowledged at the topic, he additionally emphasizes the non-public and moral personality of our feelings. He exhibits that feelings usually are not whatever that take place to us, nor are they irrational within the literal sense--rather, they're decisions we make concerning the global, and they're techniques for residing in it. worry, anger, love, guilt, jealousy, compassion--they are all necessary to our values, to dwelling fortunately, healthily, and good. Solomon highlights a number of the dramatic ways in which feelings healthy into our ethics and our feel of the great lifestyles, how we will make our emotional lives extra coherent with our values and be extra "true to our feelings" and domesticate emotional integrity.
The tale of our lives is the tale of our passions. We fall in love, we're gripped via medical interest and non secular fervor, we worry loss of life and grieve for others, we humble ourselves in envy, jealousy, and resentment. during this outstanding e-book, Robert Solomon stocks his fascination with the sentiments and illuminates our passions in an exhilarating new way.
"Not basically does Solomon's philosophical standpoint and writing sort supply the textual content intensity and thoughtfulness, it alos presents psychology, specifically medical psychology, with a method of deepening and broadening its questions and analyses."--Janet Etzi, magazine of Phenomenological Psycholgoy
"Solomon is well known for his paintings at the feelings and his skill to deliver philosophy to a much broader viewers. during this quantity he once more proves to be an enticing, available writer.... Recommended."--CHOICE
"For an individual unusual with Solomon's paintings, it'll make a good advent, an exceptional expression of the eagerness which he pointed out with a definite perfect belief of happiness, knowledge, and the nice life."-Ronnie de Sousa, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews