Ambivalence: A Philosophical Exploration by Hili Razinsky

By Hili Razinsky

Ambivalence (as in functional conflicts, ethical dilemmas, conflicting ideals, and combined emotions) is a imperative phenomenon of human existence. but ambivalence is incompatible with entrenched philosophical conceptions of personhood, judgement, and motion, and is denied or marginalised by way of thinkers of various matters. This ebook takes a thorough new stance, bringing the research of middle philosophical concerns including that of ambivalence. The booklet proposes new debts in different components – together with subjectivity, cognizance, rationality, and cost – whereas elucidating quite a lot of phenomena expressive of ambivalence, from emotional ambivalence to self-deception. The publication rejects the view that ambivalence makes anyone divided, displaying that our tension-fraught attitudes are profoundly unitary. Ambivalence isn't really tantamount to confusion or to paralysis: it truly is continuously essentially rational, and infrequently artistic, energetic, and perceptive to boot. The booklet develops issues from Wittgenstein, Davidson, Sartre, and Freud. It engages with modern debates in Analytic Philosophy as well as paintings starting from Aristotle to Cultural reviews and Empirical Psychology, and considers a wealthy set of examples from way of life and literature.

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