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PHIL 6614 Passions: Medieval and Modern Views (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course will look at how philosophers from Aquinas to Kant have understood the emotions and appetites, their relationship to the body, to reason, and to the moral life. Can the emotions be controlled by the mind? Is reason the slave of the passions? Are our actions moral only when they are devoid of passion? We will read the works of Aquinas, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Rousseau, and Kant with an eye both to the way their accounts of the emotions fit into their larger philosophical views and how their accounts of the emotions mesh with our own emotional experience.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Eileen C. Sweeney

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17