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Bringing the Passions Back In

The Emotions in Political Philosophy

The rationalist ideal has been met with cynicism in progressive circles for undermining the role of emotion and passion in the public realm. By exploring the social and political implications of the emotions in the history of ideas, contributors examine new paradigms for liberalism and offer new appreciations of the potential for passion in political philosophy and practice. Bringing the Passions Back In draws upon the history of political theory to shed light on the place of emotions in politics; it illustrates how sophisticated thinking about the relationship between reason and passion can inform contemporary democratic political theory.

272 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword: Politics and Passion / Charles Taylor


Introduction: The Emotions and the History of Political Thought / Leonard Ferry and Rebecca Kingston

1 Explaining Emotions / Amélie Oksenberg Rorty

2 Plato on Shame and Frank Speech in Democratic Athens / Christina Tarnopolsky

3 The Passions of the Wise: Phronesis, Rhetoric, and Aristotle’s Passionate Practical Deliberation / Arash Abizadeh

4 Troubling Business: The Emotions in Aquinas’ Philosophical Psychology / Leonard Ferry

5 The Political Relevance of the Emotions from Descartes to Smith / Rebecca Kingston

6 Passion, Power, and Impartiality in Hume / Sharon Krause

7 Pity, Pride, and Prejudice: Rousseau on the Passions / Ingrid Makus

8 Feelings in the Political Philosophy of J.S. Mill / Marlene K. Sokolon

9 Emotions, Reasons, and Judgments / Leah Bradshaw

10 The Politics of Emotion / Robert C. Solomon





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