Passions: Healthy or Unhealthy?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:00 - 13:00

This workshop will consider 'passion' and 'emotion', exploring their significance for contemporary philosophy, psychology, psychiatry.

The term and concept 'passion' no longer figures in contemporary scientific efforts to understand emotion or other related phenomena in the affective domain. 'Emotion' now is the keyword and paradigm theoretical posit of the affective sciences, although 'feeling', 'mood' and 'affect' also play a significant role. The verdict appears to be that 'passion' is now a matter of historical interest only, and can otherwise be ignored, although admittedly, the term is sometimes still employed in everyday discourse and some academic research, to refer to very intense and powerful emotional states.

The purpose of this workshop is to inquire into this distinction between 'passion' and 'emotion' and explore its significance for contemporary philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, and literary and historical studies. After some introductory remarks, participants will be invited to share their own examples of what they consider to be passions and how these might be judged healthy or unhealthy.


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Fourth Floor Linkway, John Medley