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Feelings Transformed: Philosophical Theories of the Emotions, 1270-1670

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2019.04.34 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dominik Perler, Feelings Transformed: Philosophical Theories of the Emotions, 1270-1670, Tony Crawford (tr.), Oxford University Press, 2018, 350pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199383481. Reviewed by  Simo Knuuttila, University of Helsinki This is a translation of Dominik Perler's Transformationen der Gefühle (S. Fischer, 2011). In five chapters, Perler describes and analyzes theories of emotions and their conceptual background structures in influential late medieval and early modern authors: 1. Thomas Aquinas: Emotions as Sensual Movements, 2. John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham: Emotions in the Will, 3. Michel de Montaigne: A Skeptical View of Emotions, 4. René Descartes: A Dualist View of Emotions, and 5. Baruch de Spinoza: Emotions as Psychophysical Units. The main chapters are preceded by an Introduction that discusses the philosophical study of emotions in general and the analysis of emotions in the history of philosophy. The concluding chapter is about the theories discussed and their metaphysical biases... Read More

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