Culture Theory: Essays on Mind, Self and Emotion

Culture Theory: Essays on Mind, Self and EmotionThe relationship between everyday experience and culture – seen as a set of ideas, values, or symbolic codes – has challenged social scientists and especially anthropologists, for more than a century. As a comprehensive and critical account of knowledge and research in the field of culture theory, leading social scientists explore the implications for understanding different aspects of subjective experience, social practice, and individual behavior. The focus of the volume is on the role of symb…

Emotions: Essays on Emotion Theory

Emotions: Essays on Emotion TheoryBased upon lectures presented at an invitational colloquium in honor of Nico Frijda, this collection of essays represents a brief and up-to-date overview of the field of emotions, their significance and how they function. For most, emotions are simply what we feel, giving our lives affective value. Scientists approach emotions differently — some considering the “feeling” aspect to be of little relevance to their research questions. Some investigators consider emotions from a phenomenological pe…

Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic (Dodo Press)

Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic (Dodo Press)Based upon lectures presented at an invitational colloquium in honor of Nico Frijda, this collection of essays represents a brief and up-to-date overview of the field of emotions, their significance and how they function. For most, emotions are simply what we feel, giving our lives affective value. Scientists approach emotions differently — some considering the “feeling” aspect to be of little relevance to their research questions. Some investigators consider emotions from a phenomenological pe…

The Cradle of Violence: Essays on Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Literature (Forensic Focus)

The Cradle of Violence: Essays on Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Literature (Forensic Focus)This collection of essays focuses on the unconscious roots of human behaviour in a range of settings: the consulting room, the small group, the workplace, the therapeutic community and the GP’s surgery. The author draws upon psychoanalytic theory to examine the psychological preconditions for violent behaviour stemming from a failure in courage. He observes that in violence there is an attack not only on the victim, but on the perpetrator’s own universe of meaning and value. By examining the psy…

Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of Comic

Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of ComicWhat does laughter mean? What common ground can we find between the grimace of a merry-andrew, a play upon words, an equivocal situation in a burlesque and a scene of high comedy? What method of distillation will yield us invariably the same essence from which so many different products borrow either their obtrusive odour or their delicate perfume? The greatest of thinkers, from Aristotle downwards, have tackled this little problem, which has a knack of baffling every effort, of slipping away an…

On a Scale: A Social History of Writing Assessment in America (Studies in Composition and Rhetoric)

On a Scale: A Social History of Writing Assessment in America (Studies in Composition and Rhetoric)Fear and Trembling? Shock and Awe? Which set of statements best describes the emotions surrounding the assessment of writing ability in educational settings? This book – the first historical study of its kind – begins with Harvard University’s 1874 requirement that first-year student applicants submit a short composition as part of the admissions process; the book concludes with the College Board’s 2005 requirement for an essay to be submitted as part of the new SAT®: Reasoning Test. In…

Four Dissertations and Essays on Suicide and the Immortality of the Soul

Four Dissertations and Essays on Suicide and the Immortality of the SoulIn 1756 a volume of Hume’s essays entitled Five Dissertations was printed and ready for distribution. The essays included “The Natural History of Religion”, “Of the Passions”, “Of Tragedy”, “Of Suicide”, and “Of the Immortality of the Soul”. The latter two essays made direct attacks on common religious doctrines by defending a person’s moral right to commit suicide and by criticizing the idea of life after death. Early copies were passed around, and someone of influence threatened to prosecute H…

Reason and Emotion

Reason and EmotionThis book brings together twenty-three distinctive and influential essays on ancient moral philosophy–including several published here for the first time–by the distinguished philosopher and classical scholar John Cooper. The volume gives a systematic account of many of the most important issues and texts in ancient moral psychology and ethical theory, providing a unified and illuminating way of reflecting on the fields as they developed from Socrates and Plato through Aristotle to Epicurus an…

Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathology and Theories of Consciousness (Philosophical Psychopathology)

Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathology and Theories of Consciousness (Philosophical Psychopathology)In Disturbed Consciousness, philosophers and other scholars examine various psychopathologies in light of specific philosophical theories of consciousness. The contributing authors — some of them discussing or defending their own theoretical work — consider not only how a theory of consciousness can account for a specific psychopathological condition but also how the characteristics of a psychopathology might challenge such a theory. Thus one essay defends the higher-order thought (HOT) theor…