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Emotions and Understanding: Wittgensteinian Perspectives

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What's in a smile? Can happiness be defined? Is there such a thing as romantic love without idealization? Can we understand schizophrenic dread? Are emotions caused by thoughts? How can fiction enrich our emotional lives? These are some of the questions discussed in this anthology. Putting the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) to work, thirteen contributors address subjects ranging from philosophy to affective neuroscience to literary theory. Beyond being a source of inspiration for the advanced reader in the philosophy of emotion, anyone with a general interest in understanding the emotions should benefit from reading this book.

YLVA GUSTAFSSON researchers and teaches at the Department of Philosophy at Akademi University, Finland. Her interests in philosophy are; moral philosophy, philosophy of psychology and philosophy of anthropology. CAMILLA KRONQVIST researches and teaches at Akademi University, Finland. Her research interests include moral philosophy, the philosophy of psychology and feminist philosophy. MICHAEL McEACHRANE is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. Among his research interests are the philosophy of psychology and the philosophy of race. He has published a number of articles and co-edited Sverige och de Andra: Postkoloniala Perspektiv (2001).

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