Upheavals of Thought by Martha C. Nussbaum
The Intelligence of Emotions

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Emotions shape the landscape of our mental and social lives. Like geological upheavals in a landscape, they mark our lives as uneven, uncertain and prone to reversal. Are they simply, as some have claimed, animal energies or impulses with no connection to our thoughts? Or are they rather suffused with intelligence and discernment, and thus a source of deep awareness and understanding? In this compelling book, Martha C. Nussbaum presents a powerful argument for treating emotions not as alien forces but as highly discriminating responses to what is of value and importance. She explores and illuminates the structure of a wide range of emotions, in particular compassion and love, showing that there can be no adequate ethical theory without an adequate theory of the emotions. This involves understanding their cultural sources, their history in infancy and childhood, and their sometimes unpredictable and disorderly operations in our daily lives.

About Martha C. Nussbaum

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Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Among her many publications is Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature (OUP 1990).
Published August 27, 2001 by Cambridge University Press. 770 pages
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Marcel Proust, whom she considers ''in some ways the most profound object-relations psychoanalyst of all,'' provides her title, in his observation that love ''produces real geological upheavals of thought.'' Her central claim is that emotions like love and grief, far from irrational distractions,...

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Nussbaum's excellent reviews and essays are well known to readers of the New Republic, while her book Love's Knowledge has become a campus classic of literary philosophy.

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Not so, argues Martha Nussbaum in her monumental study of the emotions, Upheavals of Thought.

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