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Geometry of the Passions: Fear, Hope, Happiness: Philosophy and Political Use

Geometry of the Passions: Fear, Hope, Happiness: Philosophy and Political Use

Translated by Gianpiero W. Doebler

The passions have long been condemned as a creator of disturbance and purveyor of the temporary loss of reason, but, as Remo Bodei argues in Geometry of the Passions, we must abandon the perception that order and disorder are in a constant state of collision.

By means of a theoretical and historical analysis, Bodei interprets the relationship between passion and reason as a conflict between two complementary logics. Geometry of the Passions investigates the paradoxical conflict-collaboration between passions and reason, and between individual and political projects. Tracing the roles passion and reason have played throughout history, including in the political agendas of Descartes, Hobbes, and the French Jacobins, Geometry of the Passions reveals how passion and reason may be used as a vehicle for affirmation rather than self-enslavement.

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