Emotions in Ideal Human Development

Emotions in Ideal Human Development

Emotions in Ideal Human Development

Emotions in Ideal Human Development

Synopsis

Derived from a conference sponsored by the Heinz Werner Institute for Developmental Analysis at Clark University, these papers consider the role emotions play in ideal human development. Contributors from the fields of psychology, philosophy, and sociology discuss the place that "feelings," "affect," "passion," and "emotion" should ideally occupy in human existence and how realization of this goal can be fostered.

The conference organizers focused the discussions by asking the participants to consider six questions, each of which was intended to touch upon some aspect of the relationship between emotions and ideal human development. Chapters contain the papers presented and a summary of the discussions that followed the presentations.

Excerpt

The chapters presented in this volume derive from a conference on the role of emotions in ideal human development sponsored by the Heinz Werner Institute for Developmental Analysis, Clark University, which took place on June 21-22, 1985. The conference participants, who included representatives from psychology, philosophy, and sociology, were asked to consider the place that "feeling," "affect," "passion," or "emotion" should ideally occupy in human existence and how realization of this ideal can be fostered. This topic fits with two goals of the Institute: to promote conceptual and empirical cross-disciplinary inquiry into all aspects of human development; and to articulate and develop means for both facilitating development and overcoming obstacles and impediments to development.

We express our appreciation to members of the Clark University community who helped in organizing the proceedings. In particular, we are very grateful to Maryjane Minor for her outstanding work in preparation of the conference and of this volume.

It is with deep sadness that the death on January 18, 1987 of Helen Block Lewis, one of the participants,is recorded here.

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