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The Emotional Mind

The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674980556

Publication Date: 04/15/2019

Academic Trade

448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

3 illus., 1 table


An ambitious study of the role of emotion in human cognitive and cultural development… Will likely play a significant role in reshaping scientific and philosophical discussions with respect to mind, emotion, and culture.Choice

With impressive mastery of the scientific and philosophical literature, The Emotional Mind is an ambitious work with sweeping scope and multidisciplinary character. Asma and Gabriel have written an impressively thorough volume, pulling together work in a variety of disciplines to present a detailed picture of the fundamental role of affective systems and processes in perception, cognition, decision-making, and social behavior.—David Livingstone Smith, author of Less than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others

The power of the emotions in our lives is obvious, yet many people prefer to stress the intellectual side of our species. When philosophers turn to the emotions, as in this fascinating book, something magical happens. We get a far more realistic view of human affairs by grounding our psychology in age-old impulses and strivings.—Frans de Waal, author of Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

In The Emotional Mind, Asma and Gabriel have produced a scholarly work that adds significantly to the current literature. It uses cognitive science to show that affect is the neglected partner when it comes to imagining the construction of the modern human mind. This is a much-needed contribution.—Antonio Damasio, author of The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures

An admirable accomplishment, bringing together evolutionary and ecological psychology; philosophy of mind and of psychology; and evolution of culture. This book has been called for since affective neuroscience came on the scene, and the foundational claim that emotions are shaped by and shape both internal cognition and the external world will be used to rethink human evolutionary adaptations of all kinds.—Heidi M. Ravven, author of The Self Beyond Itself: An Alternative History of Ethics, the New Brain Science, and the Myth of Free Will

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