Emotion: The Basics

1st Edition

Michael Brady

Routledge
Published December 13, 2018
Textbook - 168 Pages
ISBN 9781138081390 - CAT# Y333190
Series: The Basics

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Summary

While human beings might be rational animals, they are emotional animals as well. Emotions play a central role in all areas of our lives and if we are to have a proper understanding of human life and activity, we ought to have a good grasp of the emotions. Michael S. Brady structures Emotion: The Basics around two basic, yet fundamental, questions: What are emotions? And what do emotions do? In answering these questions Brady provides insight into a core component of all our lives, covering:

  • the nature of emotion;
  • emotion, knowledge, and understanding;
  • emotion and action;
  • emotions and social groups;
  • emotion, morality, and art.

In this concise and insightful introduction, Brady explains why we are often better off as a result of emotion rather than reason being in the driving seat, as our lives, both individual and social, would be significantly impoverished without the emotions. With a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading, Emotion: The Basics is an ideal starting point for anyone seeking a full introduction to the philosophical study of emotion.

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