Public Passion: Rethinking the Grounds for Political Justice

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Public Passion: Rethinking the Grounds for Political Justice

Format:  Paperback,

237 pages

Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9780773539266

ISBN-10: 0773539263

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Taking a broad historical perspective, Public Passion traces the role of emotion in political thought from its prominence in classical sources, through its resuscitation by Montesquieu, to the present moment. Combining intellectual history, philosophy, and political theory, Rebecca Kingston develops a sophisticated account of collective emotion that demonstrates how popular sentiment is compatible with debate, pluralism, and individual agency and shows how emotion shapes the tone of interactions among citizens. She also analyzes the ways in which emotions are shared and transmitted among citizens of a particular regime, paying particular attention to the connection between political institutions and the psychological dispositions that they foster. Public Passion presents illuminating new ways to appreciate the forms of popular will and reveals that emotional understanding by citizens may in fact be the very basis through which a commitment to principles of justice can be sustained.

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Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9780773539266
ISBN-10: 0773539263
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 237
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.85
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Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Bringing Passion Back Inp. 3
Contagion Theory Revisitedp. 23
Cities and Public Passion in Plato and Aristotlep. 61
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Debate on Passions and Public Lifep. 92
Montesquieu and Public Passionp. 107
Revisiting the Republic of Lovep. 128
Self-interest and the Public Good in the Discourse of Monarchical Honourp. 149
Fearp. 164
Normative Political Theory in Light of Public Passion: Justice out of Passionp. 182
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 227

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Whether in the reception of rousing political oratory like that of de Gaulle or Martin Luther King or in the motivations of demonstrators in popular uprisings like those in Tunisia and Egypt, there is no denying that emotion and politics are connected. Nonetheless, criticism of political debate and discourse as emotionally (rather than rationally) based is ubiquitous and emotion is often presented as a negative factor in politics. Public Passion shows that reason and emotion are not mutually exclusive and restores the legitimacy of shared emotion in political life.

Public Passion traces the role of emotion in political thought from its prominence in classical sources, through its resuscitation by Montesquieu, to the present moment. Combining intellectual history, philosophy, and political theory, Rebecca Kingston develops a sophisticated account of collective emotion that demonstrates how popular sentiment is compatible with debate, pluralism, and individual agency and shows how emotion shapes the tone of interactions among citizens. She also analyzes the ways in which emotions are shared and transmitted among citizens of a particular regime, paying particular attention to the connection between political institutions and the psychological dispositions that they foster.

Public Passion presents illuminating new ways to appreciate the forms of popular will and reveals that emotional understanding by citizens may in fact be the very basis through which a commitment to principles of justice can be sustained.

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