Tag Archive for 'emotions'

Aporia: Pleasure

by Jason Stotts Aporia (ἀπορɛία): an impasse, puzzlement, doubt, or confusion; a difficulty encountered in establishing the theoretical truth of a proposition, created by the presence of evidence both for and against it. In this Aporia, I want to inquire into the nature of pleasure. In Eros and Ethos, I made the claim that: Now, I want to explicitly make the […]

Aporia: The Emotional Process

by Jason Stotts Aporia (ἀπορɛία): an impasse, puzzlement, doubt, or confusion; a difficulty encountered in establishing the theoretical truth of a proposition, created by the presence of evidence both for and against it. Aporia’s are a chance for me to try to work through a philosophical problem.  I do it in writing because writing helps me think more clearly.  I do […]

Rationalism Among Objectivists

by Jason Stotts I was perusing this week’s Objectivist Blog Carnival when I noticed a post that sounded interesting: Benjamin Skipper’s “You Can Only Hate What’s *There*.”  Now, I was interested in this because I’m very interested in theories of emotion and this piece sounded particularly misguided by the title.  The piece didn’t disappoint. The […]

Emotions in the Service of Life

by Jason Stotts Perhaps the single most important feature of emotions is that one now lost to us. Emotions have become afflictions that we bear: they are beyond reason, beyond understanding, and beyond our ability to control. Emotions do not, however, have to be this way. Emotions, proper emotions, allow us to experience the reality […]