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The Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle's Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science

Daniel M. Gross


Princess Diana's death was a tragedy that provoked mourning across the globe; the death of a homeless person, more often than not, is met with apathy. How can we account for this uneven distribution of emotion? Can it simply be explained by the prevailing scientific understanding? Uncovering a rich tradition beginning with Aristotle, this book offers a counterpoint to the way we generally understand emotions today. Through a radical rereading of Aristotle, Seneca, Thomas Hobbes, Sarah Fielding, and Judith Butler, among others, the book reveals a persistent intellectual current that considers e ... More

Keywords: emotion, universal nature, power relations, social hierarchies, political passions, psyches, power, neurobiology, social circumstances

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226309798
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel M. Gross, author