"Reason is not passion's slave." Rather, the author argues, reason appraises the cultural appropriateness of passion, thus directing our attitudinal behaviour. He refutes those theories of value which correspond philosophically to societies described by Jean-Jacques Rousseau: societies of "honour without virtue, reason without wisdom, pleasure without happiness." His argument, which takes into account traditional philosophic positions, is divided into five parts: Attitudes, Evaluation, Characterization, Culture, Morality.
About the author
Evan Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University. He received the A.B. degree from Amherst College and the Ph.D. degree from Duke University. He has contributed articles on social philosophy, aesthetics, and human action to Ethics, Philosophy, the American Philosophical Quarterly, and other journals.