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- DescriptionThrough a radical rereading of Aristotle, Seneca, Thomas Hobbes, Sarah Fielding, and Judith Butler, among others, Daniel Gross' The Secret History of Emotion reveals a persistent intellectual current that considers emotions as psychosocial phemena. The Roman Stoics, for instance, offer insight into the reasons why political passions are distributed to some people but t to others. Contemporary theorists such as Judith Butler, meanwhile, explain to us how psyches are shaped by power. To supplement his argument, Gross also provides a history and critique of the dominant modern view of emotions, expressed in Darwinism and neurobiology, in which they are considered organic, personal feelings independent of social circumstances. The result is a convincing work that rescues the study of the passions from science and returns it to the humanities and the art of rhetoric. The Secret History of Emotion offers a counterpoint to the way we generally understand emotions today.
- Author BiographyDaniel M. Gross is associate professor of rhetoric at the University of Iowa. He is coeditor of Heidegger and Rhetoric.
- Author(s)Daniel M. Gross
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication11/09/2007
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note1 halftone
- Weight252 g
- Width141 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
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