Reason without Feelings? Emotions in the History of Western Philosophy

  • Aleksej Kišjuhas Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, Univeristy of Novi Sad
Keywords: emotion, reason, feelings, passion, the history of philosophy, the history of emotions


The paper critically analyzes the interplay between reason and emotions in the history of Western philosophy, as an inadequately ambivalent interrelationship of contrast, control and conflict. After the analysis of the philosophies of emotions and passion amongst the most important philosophers and philosophical works of classical antiquity and the Middle Ages, the paper presents ideas on this interrelationship within the framework of modern philosophy, or during the so-called Age of Reason.
Finally, the paper analyzes the character of emotions in the contemporary philosophy, while examining possibilities for the history of (philosophy of) emotions and feelings, but also the possibilities for overcoming the undue opposition of reason and emotions, which was present in the dominant Western philosophical tradition.


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