|Publisher:||McGill Queens Univ Pr|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2011|
|Number of Pages:||237|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.85|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.9 x 0.7 x 8.8|
|Bringing Passion Back In||p. 3|
|Contagion Theory Revisited||p. 23|
|Cities and Public Passion in Plato and Aristotle||p. 61|
|The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Debate on Passions and Public Life||p. 92|
|Montesquieu and Public Passion||p. 107|
|Revisiting the Republic of Love||p. 128|
|Self-interest and the Public Good in the Discourse of Monarchical Honour||p. 149|
|Normative Political Theory in Light of Public Passion: Justice out of Passion||p. 182|
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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