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The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions Lecture
The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions
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The Great Courses
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Professor Robert C. Solomon
The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions Lecture

The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions

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Conventional wisdom suggests there is a sharp distinction between emotion and reason. Emotions are seen as inferior, disruptive, primitive, and even bestial forces. These 24 remarkable lectures suggest otherwise-that 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.

Take a tour of Professor Solomon's more than three-decade-long intellectual struggle to reach an understanding of emotions, which he argues are, "the key to the meaning of life." A distinguished philosopher himself, Professor Solomon's lectures unfold as a rich dialogue with other philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Adam Smith, Nietzsche, William James, Freud, Heidegger, and Sartre.

In your exploration, you'll address such questions as: how do we distinguish emotions from feelings, such as heartache? What is the meaning of our emotions, and how do they serve to enrich and guide our lives? Are there a determinable number of basic emotions that serve as building blocks for the range of emotions we experience? Is an emotion such as jealousy a genetic trait shared by all humans - or is it something learned? As you listen to these lectures, prepare to think: Think about your own emotions; think about what you observe in others; think about the enormous body of research and conjecture on this fascinating topic as Professor Solomon takes you on a challenging and stimulating journey. 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 in careful, philosophical analysis.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

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    Mazz 04-16-16
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    What disappointed you about The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions?

    This is quite possibly the most boring thing I have ever read/listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a few dozen books from the Great Courses. The idiotic canned applause and the cringe worthy introductory music aside, I have found some good courses. This, alas, is not one of them. If you enjoy being spoken to like a third grader in a special class, maybe you will enjoy this. I swear I could summarize each 30 minute section in three sentences or less. I love this topic, but this was terrible.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Serrone Phoenix, AZ United States 05-07-15
    Christopher Serrone Phoenix, AZ United States 05-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The impeccable Robert Solomon"

    I've been a fan of Robert C. Solomon's work for a long time, he was first introduced to me in Richard Linkletter's film Waking Life, where the director actually crashed one of the professor's classes and filmed it and then later interviewed him in the same movie. I also had the privilege of reading his textbook introducing philosophy for my philosophy 101 while I was an undergrad. This collection of lectures on human emotions and the philosophical views with neuroscience were very enlightening and Robert has a way of delivering his lectures in an entertaining way as a storyteller.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 05-02-16
    Ben 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The presenter does have some interesting insights to contribute, but the lectures are uneven. He appears to be largely unaided by written text, and it shows. Space-fillers, such as "sort of" and "kind of" abound, creating the impression of lacking precision and ad-libbing. The ideas are often not well-supported to empirical research, and even attempts are made to adopt a social constructionist approach (although the latter happens without much conviction). The author's criticism of evolutionary psychology is weak, and no mention is made of Margaret Mead's groundless attempt to prove that jealousy is an entirely socially-constructed emotion. There may be intimations of racism although this never crystallizes to a significant extent. Still, the lectures are worthwhile to a certain extent.


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    Stian 05-22-15
    Stian 05-22-15
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    After listening to two other Great Courses by Robert C. Solomon, I had to get this, and I was not disappointed.

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    oded noy 06-17-16
    oded noy 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Meditation on emotions - Slow to start but worth the experience"

    This course is broken into three main section. The first seems to be long and somewhat tedious- however it is a good setup for the other two sections. Overall a good meditation on the topic of emotions.

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    Jim 05-27-16
    Jim 05-27-16
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    "people products of environment"

    great insights into emotions our ability to reflect upon our emotions and the effect of culture and Society on our emotion very good book very good course

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    Ar-dub 04-05-16
    Ar-dub 04-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A true philosopher lectures on the good life"

    Professor Solomon is much more than a mere scholar of history of philosophy; is is a true philosopher himself. This course was profound and life-affirming, and I would recommend it to anyone no matter their previous experience of philosophy.

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    Nicholas C. Rackley 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Unique"

    Was exactly what i was hoping for. I think his theory on emotions hits the nail on the head, and lets you see the world in a much better way.

    Can be slow at parts, but ... Its a philosophy recording...

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    Jeongsup 05-04-14
    Jeongsup 05-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Unfruitful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one, don't buy, its a waste


    Has The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Voice difficult listen to, content is irrelevant and filled with useless stories and rather generic examples with no clear conclusions


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Robert C. Solomon’s performances?

    NO.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO.


    4 of 46 people found this review helpful

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