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Philosophy General

Geometry of the Passions

Fear, Hope, Happiness: Philosophy and Political Use

by (author) Remo Bodei & Massimo Ciavolella/Luigi Ballerini

translated by Gianpiero W. Doebler

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
Aug 2018
General, Ethics & Moral Philosophy, Italy, Political, General, Social
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The passions have long been condemned as a creator of disturbance and purveyor of the temporary loss of reason, but as Remo Bodei argues in Geometry of the Passions, we must abandon the perception that order and disorder are in a constant state of collision.


By means of a theoretical and historical analysis, Bodei interprets the relationship between passion and reason as a conflict between two complementary logics. Geometry of the Passions investigates the paradoxical conflict-collaboration between passions and reason, and between individual and political projects. Tracing the roles passion and reason have played throughout history, including in the political agendas of Descartes, Hobbes, and the French Jacobins, Geometry of the Passions reveals how passion and reason may be used as a vehicle for affirmation rather than self-enslavement.

About the authors

Remo Bodei is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Pisa, after having taught for many years at UCLA.

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Gianpiero W. Doebler is a Lecturer in the Department of Italian at UCLA.

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