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category: Political Science
published: Feb 2008
publisher: UBC Press

Bringing the Passions Back In

The Emotions in Political Philosophy

edited by Rebecca Kingston & Leonard Ferry

tagged: political, history & theory

The rationalist ideal has been met with cynicism in progressive circles for undermining the role of emotion and passion in the public realm. By exploring the social and political implications of the emotions in the history of ideas, contributors examine new paradigms for liberalism and offer new appreciations of the potential for passion in political philosophy and practice. Bringing the Passions Back In draws upon the history of political theory to shed light on the place of emotions in politics; it illustrates how sophisticated thinking about the relationship between reason and passion can inform contemporary democratic political theory.

About the Authors

Rebecca Kingston

Leonard Ferry

Contributor Notes

Rebecca Kingston is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. Leonard Ferry is a doctoral candidate in political philosophy at the University of Toronto.


Contributors: Arash Abizadeh, Leah Bradshaw, Sharon Krause, Ingrid Makus, Amélie Oksenberg Rorty, Marlene K. Sokolon, Robert C. Solomon, Christina Tarnopolsky, and Charles Taylor

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