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Between Psychology and Philosophy

East-West Themes and Beyond

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Uses insights from psychology to develop philosophical accounts of emotion, empathy, and human development

  • Presents compelling accounts of how and why Western philosophical thought eschews acknowledgement of emotion

  • Demonstrates that philosophy of mind requires recognition of emotion

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Comparative East-West Philosophy (PSCEWP)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    • Michael Slote
    Pages 1-4Open Access
  3. Yin-Yang, Mind, and Heart-Mind

    • Michael Slote
    Pages 5-26Open Access
  4. Moral Self-Cultivation East and West: A Critique

    • Michael Slote
    Pages 27-48Open Access
  5. Philosophical Deficiencies East and West

    • Michael Slote
    Pages 49-60Open Access
  6. The Many Roles of Empathy

    • Michael Slote
    Pages 61-92Open Access
  7. How Justice Pays

    • Michael Slote
    Pages 93-114Open Access
  8. The Impossibility of Egoism

    • Michael Slote
    Pages 115-134Open Access
  9. Further Connections

    • Michael Slote
    Pages 135-156Open Access
  10. Conclusion

    • Michael Slote
    Pages 157-160Open Access
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 161-215

About this book

This open access book discusses a variety of important but unprecedented ways in which psychology can be useful to philosophy. The early chapters illustrate this theme via comparisons between Chinese and Western philosophy. It is argued that the Chinese notion of a heart-mind is superior to the Western concept of mind, but then, more even-handedly, the relative strengths and weaknesses of Chinese and Western thought overall are critically examined. In later chapters, the philosophical uses of psychology are treated more specifically in relation to major issues in Western philosophy.  Michael Slote shows that empathy and emotion play a role in speech acts (like assertion and thanking) that speech act theory has totally ignored. Similarly, he treats the age-old question of whether justice pays using psychological material that has not previously been recognized. Finally, the implications of psychological egoism are discussed in terms of some new psychological and, indeed, human distinctions. Human life is pervaded by instincts and aspirations that are neither egoistic nor altruistic, and recognizing that fact can help put egoism in its place. It is less of a challenge to morality than we have realized.

Keywords

  • kokoro
  • yin yang
  • xin
  • feng shui
  • herder
  • scheler
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philosophy Department, University of Miami, Coral Gables, USA

    Michael Slote

About the author

Michael Slote is UST Professor of Ethics at the University of Miami. A member of the Royal Irish Academy and former Tanner Lecturer, he has inaugurated the Feng Qi Lectures at East China Normal University and the Nankai University Lectures in East and West Philosophy.

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Buying options

Softcover Book
USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)