Affect and wisdom

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Chapter 4 endnote 58, from How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context is:

Affect is not just necessary for wisdom; it’s also irrevocably woven into the fabric of every decision. [...] Certainly other philosophers, such as David Hume, have held that view.

The German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder, a student of Immanuel Kant, wrote “I feel! I am!”[1] Around the same time (in 1777), Scottish philosopher David Hume wrote “Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.”[2][3]


Notes on the Notes

  1. Cited in Frevert, Ute, Monique Scheer, Pascal Eitler, Bettina Hitzer, Anne Schmidt, and Nina Verheyen. 2014. Emotional Lexicons: Continuity and Change in the Vocabulary of Feeling 1700-2000. Oxford University Press.
  2. Hume, David (1739) 2001. A Treatise of Human Nature, p. 264. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. For a modern view, see Haidt, Jonathan. 2001. "The emotional dog and its rational tail: A social intuitionist approach to moral judgment." Psychological Review 108 (4): 814-834.