'What is emotion?' reflected the younger Charles Darwin in his notebooks. How have been the feelings to be put in an evolutionary framework? And what gentle may they shed on human-animal continuities? those have been one of the questions Darwin explored in his study, assisted either via an acute experience of statement and a unprecedented potential for fellow feeling, not just with people yet with all animal lifestyles. After Darwin: Animals, feelings, and the brain explores questions of brain, emotion and the ethical feel which Darwin unfolded via his learn at the actual expression of feelings and the human-animal relation. It additionally examines the level to which Darwin's principles have been taken up through Victorian writers and pop culture, from George Eliot to the Daily News. Bringing jointly students from biology, literature, heritage, psychology, psychiatry and paediatrics, the quantity presents a useful reassessment of Darwin's contribution to a brand new realizing of the ethical experience and emotional lifestyles, and considers the pressing clinical and moral implications of his principles this present day.
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The discourse of animal feeling in the period drew on both of these. In this essay I examine a selection of philosophical, religious and moral texts discussing animal feeling, showing how they variously deploy physicalist and spiritualist explanations for human–animal likeness. I begin with David Hume, whose Treatise of Human Nature (1739) offered the most detailed account of animal passions, and whose argument from analogy for crediting nonhuman animals with a mental life has been influential on modern debate; and then discuss David Hartley and Joseph Priestley, whose views of mental continuity between human and animal fed into their monist understanding of body and soul.
Elizabeth V. Hallinan and Valerie A. Kuhlmeier, ‘Ontogeny, Phylogeny, and the Relational Reinterpretation Hypothesis’, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31 (2008), 138–9. See, for example, Louis M. Herman, Robert K. Uyeyama, and Adam A. Pack, ‘Bottlenose Dolphins Understand Relationships Between Concepts’, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31 (2008), 139–40. See also Louis M. Herman, ‘Intelligence and Rational Behavior in the Bottlenosed Dolphin’, in Matthew Nudds and Susan Hurley (eds), Rational Animals?
Waugh notes the potential of the ‘naturalistic’ turn to support the kinds of aesthetic experience advocated by many modern creative artists and movements, and helpfully argues that an acknowledgement of a more central role for the sensory and the affective organs in the processes of rational cognition is commensurate with modernist perspectives. On Darwin’s sympathetic imagination see Paul White in this collection; see also Levine, Darwin Loves You: Natural Selection and the Re-Enchantment of the World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006), chapter 7.
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