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Not Passion's Slave: Emotions and Choice

Robert Solomon


The idea that we are, in some significant sense (and to some significant degree), responsible for our emotions is an idea that Robert Solomon has developed for almost three decades, following the philosophy of Jean‐Paul Sartre. Here, in a single volume, he traces the development of this theory of emotions and develops it in detail. Two themes run through his work: the first presents a “cognitive” theory of emotions in which emotions are construed primarily as evaluative judgments. The second proposes an “existentialist” perspective in which he defends the idea that, as we are responsible for o ... More

Keywords: anger, choice, emotions, feelings, intentionality, irrationality, William James, judgment, neurology, phenomenology, philosophy, purposiveness, Robert Solomon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145496
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195145496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Solomon, author
University of Texas