From Passions to Emotions: The Creation of a Secular Psychological Category

  • Publish Date: 2006-06-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Thomas Dixon
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Until two centuries ago the emotions did not exist. Thomas Dixon reveals in this study how emotions came into being as a distinct psychological category. They replaced such concepts as appetites, passions, sentiments and affections, which had preoccupied thinkers as diverse as Augustine, Aquinas, Hume, and Darwin. The book is a significant original contribution to the debate which has preoccupied western thinkers across many disciplines in recent decades.