The Logic of Emotion

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 210–211. Reviews the book, Emotion, Thought and Therapy: A Study of Hume and Spinoza and the Relationship of Philosophical Theories of the Emotions to Psychological Theories of Therapy by Jerome Neu (1977). For the philosophically or historically minded psychologist, Neu's book on Hume's and Spinoza's theories of emotion might seem of interest. Neu divides his book into three sections. He first abstracts and critiques Hume's theory of emotion. He then moves on to a far less critical presentation of Spinoza's position. In the final section, he examines theories of emotion as they bear on theories of therapy and, in particular, draws parallels between Spinoza's view and the psychoanalytic perspective. In short, the problems Neu tackles are of considerable significance to psychological theorizing. However, his treatment of these problems does not take us much further toward an understanding of the logic of emotion. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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