Universities should try and teach wisdom, not just knowledge

Should a university provide a moral or spiritual education to its students? The idea seems ridiculous in the age of the mega-university. Universities today are enormous corporations, employing tens of thousands of academics and staff, with anything from 5000 to … Continue reading

Posted on: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 09:11

Turning Jealousy into Compersion

Our final post for #BadFeelings week is by the eminent and influential philosopher of emotions Ronald de Sousa, Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto. His main research areas are philosophy of emotions, philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology, Plato, psychoanalysis, … Continue reading

Posted on: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 07:44

Why pain is not a natural kind

As our #BadFeelings week draws to a close, we turn out attention to pain, with Dr Jennifer Corns, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Jennifer works on the philosophy of mind, with a focus on pain. She has published … Continue reading

Posted on: Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 07:13

Regrets, hot and cold

In our next post for #BadFeelings week, Dr Carolyn Price reflects on the feeling of regret.  Carolyn is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University. She is the author of Emotion (Polity Press, 2015) and a number of … Continue reading

Posted on: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 06:15

Itchy Feet: The value of boredom

On day four of #BadFeelings week, we get to grips with the feeling of boredom. Tristram Oliver-Skuse is a postdoc at the University of Geneva and a member of Thumos. He recently received his PhD from Melbourne University under the … Continue reading

Posted on: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 09:21

The rational value of political anger

In this, the third in our series on #BadFeelings, exploring negative emotions, the philosopher Mary Carman looks at the meaning and value of anger. Mary is a member of Thumos, the Genevan Research Group on Emotions, Norms and Values at the Swiss … Continue reading

Posted on: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 07:23

Life’s Anxieties: Good or Bad?

This is the second in our series of guest posts on #BadFeelings this week on the History of Emotions blog. Charlie Kurth is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. His book, The Anxious Mind (MIT, forthcoming) … Continue reading

Posted on: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 07:28

Negative Emotions: The good, the bad and the ugly

This week is #BadFeelings week on the History of Emotions Blog. We’ll be publishing a series of guest posts arising from a fascinating recent conference where a group of philosophers got to grips with the nature and significance of a range … Continue reading

Posted on: Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 18:52

“Ava’s Sigh” Prelude to Mood Shifts: A Sonic Repertoire, Tuesday, June 6th

Mary Cappello’s five books of literary nonfiction include Awkward: A Detour (a Los Angeles Times bestseller); Swallow, based on the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum; and, most recently, Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack (University of … Continue reading

Posted on: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 10:00

Gut Feelings Week: Dyspepsia and Navigating Nineteenth-Century Health

This guest post by Evelien Lemmens is part of Gut Feelings Week, in which a group of scholars participating in the conference Gut Feeling: Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Culture explore different aspects of digestion. Evelien Lemmens is a PhD candidate researching the relationship between … Continue reading

Posted on: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 11:00