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    Just published! EMOTION, EVOUTION AND RATIONALITY Edited by Dylan Evans, University of the West of England, UK, and Pierre Cruse, Universite Catholique de
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      Just published!

      EMOTION, EVOUTION AND RATIONALITY

      Edited by Dylan Evans, University of the West of England, UK, and
      Pierre Cruse, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

      About the book:

      For thousands of years, many Western thinkers have assumed that
      emotions are, at best, harmless luxuries, and at worst outright
      obstacles to intelligent action. In the past decade, however,
      scientists and philosophers have begun to challenge this negative
      view of emotion. Neuroscientists, psychologists and researchers in
      artificial intelligence now agree that emotions are vital to
      intelligent action. Evolutionary considerations have played a vital
      role in this shift to a more positive view of emotion.

      This book brings together some of the leading thinkers about emotion
      from a variety of disciplines. In a series of fascinating and
      challenging essays, they examine the role that evolutionary
      considerations can play in helping us to understand the role of
      emotions in rational thought and decision-making. How should we
      understand the evolutionary role of emotions? And can this explain
      the relationship between emotions and rationality?

      Contents:

      PART I - NEUROSCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS
      1. Antonio Damasio: William James and the modern neurobiology of
      emotion
      2. Andrew Lawrence & Andrew Calder: Homologizing human emotions

      PART II - EMOTION, BELIEF AND APPRAISAL
      3. Finn Spicer: Emotional behaviour and the scope of belief-desire
      explanation
      4. Jesse Prinz: Which emotions are basic?
      5. Paul Griffiths: Towards a 'Machiavellian' theory of emotional
      appraisal
      6. Brian Parkinson: Unpicking reasonable emotions

      PART III - EVOLTION AND THE RATIONALITY OF EMOTION
      7 Chandra Sripada & Stephen Stich: Evolution, culture and the
      irrationality of the emotions
      8 Gianmatteo Mameli: The role of emotions in ecological and practical
      rationality
      9 Dylan Evans: The search hypothesis of emotion
      10 Daniel Nettle: Adaptive illusions: optimism, control and human
      rationality
      11 Christopher Badcock: Emotion versus reason as a genetic conflict

      PART IV - PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES
      12 Jim Hopkins: Conscience and conflict: Darwin, Freud and the
      origins of human aggression
      13 Peter Goldie: Emotion, reason and virtue

      Paperback, £24.95, Published 15 April 2004


      Buy from the publisher, Oxford University Press:
      http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-852898-1


      Dylan Evans' homepage: www.dylan.org.uk
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