TTC Video - Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions [repost]

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TTC Video - Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions
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Genre: Psychology

“Fear, joy, grief, love, hate, pride, shame. We all have emotions, and we recognize emotions in others. But do we really understand what emotions are and what they signify? It is remarkable how often we are wrong about our own emotions and misread the emotions of others. We also deceive ourselves about their meaning. The more we puzzle over the nature of emotions, the deeper the mystery becomes. It is a mystery that is by no means solved, but one that repays careful, philosophical analysis. Far from being routine, emotions are "the key to the meaning of life," says distinguished philosopher and author Robert C. Solomon, who in these 24 lectures takes you on a tour of his more than three-decade-long intellectual struggle to reach an understanding of these complex phenomena. Some of his conclusions are surprising and very much against the current of common sense.”

Professor Solomon's lectures unfold as a rich dialogue with other philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Descartes, Adam Smith, Nietzsche, William James, Freud, Heidegger, and Sartre. He also relates these views to contemporary work in the cognitive sciences on emotions, notably research by Antonio Damasio, Joseph LeDoux, and Paul Ekman. And he discusses the portrayal of emotions in writers and artists including Homer, Shakespeare, Melville, Dostoevsky, and Picasso.

By probing the ideas of these and other thinkers and presenting his own views, Professor Solomon will lead you to a remarkable conclusion: Emotions have intelligence and provide personal strategies that are vitally important to our everyday lives of perceiving, evaluating, appraising, understanding, and acting in the world.

This idea runs counter to the widespread view that draws a sharp distinction between the emotional and the rational and views the emotions as inferior, disruptive, primitive, and even bestial forces. For Professor Solomon, many emotions are distinctively human and they are far more complicated than mere "feelings." They are rational judgments—sophisticated strategies for survival.

Course Lecture Titles:
01. Emotions as Engagements with the World
02. The Wrath of Achilles
03. It’s Good to Be Afraid
04. Lessons of Love—Plato’s Symposium
05. We Are Not Alone—Compassion and Empathy
06. Noble? or Deadly Sin? Pride and Shame
07. Nasty—Iago’s Envy, Othello’s Jealousy
08. Nastier—Resentment and Vengeance
09. A Death in the Family—The Logic of Grief
10. James and the Bear—Emotions and Feelings
11. Freud’s Catharsis—the Hydraulic Model
12. Are Emotions “in” the Mind?
13. How Emotions Are Intelligent
14. Emotions as Judgments
15. Beyond Boohoo and Hooray
16. Emotions Are Rational
17. Emotions and Responsibility
18. Emotions in Ethics
19. Emotions and the Self
20. What Is Emotional Experience?
21. Emotions across Cultures—Universals
22. Emotions across Cultures—Differences
23. Laughter and Music
24. Happiness and Spirituality


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