Emotions and Understanding: Wittgensteinian Perspectives

Led by Magda’s last post — about a new book on Wittgenstein and the philosophy of language — to Palgrave’s website, I stumbled across another intriguing (if not so new) title on Wittgenstein that I thought might interest some of our readers, this one called Emotions and Understanding: Wittgensteinian Perspectives (edited by Ylva Gustafsson, Camilla Kronqvist and Michael McEachrane). To visit Palgrave’s webpage for the book, please click here. To download a PDF preview of the volume’s introduction, please click here.

Here is the publisher’s description of the book, and below that the TOC:

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, stellar 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.

Here is the table of contents:

  • Introduction: Wittgensteinian Perspectives on the Philosophy Of Emotion – Introducing the Chapters of this Anthology; Y.Gustafsson, C.Kronqvist & M.McEachrane
  • Wittgenstein’s Commonsense Realism about the Mind; A.Crary
  • Wittgenstein on Emotion; J.Schulte
  • The Conceptual Framework for the Investigation of Emotions; P.M.S.Hacker
  • Emotion-Philosophy-Science; P.Hutchinson
  • Capturing Emotional Thoughts – The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; M.McEachrane
  • The Self and the Emotions; J.V.Canfield
  • What’s in a Smile?; L.Hertzberg
  • Emotion, Expression and Conversation; D.Cockburn
  • Illusions of Empathy; Y.Gustafsson
  • The Fiction of Paradox: Really Feeling for Anna Karenina; D.Moyal-Sharrock
  • On The Pursuit of Happiness; D.Richter
  • Our Struggles with Reality; C.Kronqvist
  • Extreme Aversive Emotions – A Wittgensteinian Approach to Dread; R.Read


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