By Jerome Neu
Is jealousy eliminable? if that is so, at what price? What are the connections among delight the sin and the delight insisted on through id politics? How can one query an individual's figuring out in their personal happiness or override a society's account of its personal rituals? What makes a sexual wish "perverse," or specific sexual kin (such as incestuous ones) bad or maybe unthinkable? those and different questions on what sustains and threatens our identification are pursued utilizing the assets of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and different disciplines. The dialogue all through is knowledgeable and influenced via the Spinozist desire that knowing our lives can assist swap them, will help make us extra unfastened.
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Extra resources for A Tear Is an Intellectual Thing: The Meanings of Emotion
Some would argue that because the relevant beliefs are only make-believe, and because the usual inclinations to action are absent or inhibited, the associated emotions must also be only make-believe (Walton T978). I do not think that is so. I do not see why we must say the person at a horror movie is only make-believedly afraid. Why cannot a person have a real fear of a make-believe danger? "A TEAR IS AN INTELLECTUAL THING" 29 While there may be no inclination to flee, the physiological responses are real enough, and fear in ordinary circumstances can involve all sorts of different component mixes (including many different types of thoughts).
Them and so, perhaps, alter our lives. What are the limits here? What else would have to be different and what else would we have to give up if the possibility of jealousy were to be eliminated? In what follows, I shall want to distinguish between jealousy and envy in relation to the hopes for emotional transformation connected with two types of ideals: communitarian and socialist. (The personal and the political are sometimes mistakenly assimilated. ) I shall argue that despite the hopes of social reformers, the possibility of jealousy cannot be eliminated.
Sartre offers a radical answer to the question of whether crying is an action. His answer is a straight yes. But his answer is made especially radical by the fact that he does not single out crying as an expression of emotion (though he does use it as an example); he believes all emotions are actions. This is a reversal of ordinary assumptions as radical as James's. We usually regard emotions as rooted in the body and thus as at least partly passive, as the word passions might itself suggest—things that sweep over us without our will or consent.