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Passion and Action: The Emotions in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

Susan James


Passion and Action explores the place of the affects or passions in seventeenth‐century understandings of the body and mind, and examines the role they were held to play in thought and action. Interest in the passions pervaded all areas of philosophical enquiry and was central to the theories of such major figures as Hobbes, Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, Pascal, and Locke, as well as to the work of authors who are nowadays less familiar. Yet, little attention has been paid to this topic in studies of early modern philosophy. This book surveys the inheritance of ancient and medi ... More

Keywords: action, affect, Descartes, emotions, history of philosophy, Hobbes, Locke, Malebranche, mind, Pascal, passion, philosophy of mind, Spinoza

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250135
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198250134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan James, author
University of Cambridge
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