Passions and Emotions

Passions and Emotions

Passions and Emotions

Passions and Emotions


Throughout the history of moral, political, and legal philosophy, many have portrayed passions and emotions as being opposed to reason and good judgment. At the same time, others have defended passions and emotions as tempering reason and enriching judgment, and there is mounting empirical evidence linking emotions to moral judgment. In Passions and Emotions, a group of prominent scholars in philosophy, political science, and law explore three clusters of issues: OC Passion & Impartiality: Passions & Emotions in Moral Judgment; Passion & Motivation: Passions & Emotions in Democratic Politics; and Passion & Dispassion: Passions & Emotions in Legal Interpretation.OCO This timely, interdisciplinary volume examines many of the theoretical and practical legal, political, and moral issues raised by such questions.


This volume of NOMOS—the fifty-third in the series—emerged from papers and commentaries given at the annual meeting of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy (ASPLP) in Boston on December 29, 2010, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. Our topic, “Passions and Emotions,” was selected by the Society’s membership.

The conference consisted of three panels, corresponding to the three parts of this volume: (1) “Passion and Impartiality: Passions and Emotions in Moral Judgment”; (2) “Passion and Motivation: Passions and Emotions in Democratic Politics”; and (3) “Passion and Dispassion: Passions and Emotions in Legal Interpretation.” The volume includes revised versions of the principal papers delivered at that conference by Jesse J. Prinz, George E. Marcus, and Robin West. It also includes essays that developed out of the original commentaries on those papers by Michael L. Frazer, Carol Sanger, Susan A. Bandes, Cheshire Calhoun, Ken I. Kersch, and Benjamin C. Zipursky. For the published volume, I invited an additional author for each panel: Charles Griswold, Sharon R. Krause, and Bernadette Meyler. I am grateful to all of these authors for their insightful and timely contributions.

Thanks are also due to the editors and production team at New York University Press, and particularly to Ilene Kalish, Despina Papazoglou Gimbel, Alexia Traganas, and Aiden Amos. On my own behalf and on behalf of the Society, I wish to express deep gratitude for the Press’s ongoing support for the series and the tradition of interdisciplinary scholarship that it represents.

Finally, thanks to Christine Dieter, Courtney Sartor Gesualdi, Natalie Logan, and Emily Strauss, my excellent research assistants at Boston University, and to Danielle Amber Papa, my incredibly . . .

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