The Emotional Mind: The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition

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Harvard University Press, Apr 15, 2019 - Psychology - 368 pages
For 200 million years before humans developed a capacity to reason, the emotional centers of the brain were hard at work. Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel help us understand the evolution of the mind by exploring this more primal capability that we share with other animals: the power to feel, which is the root of so much that makes us uniquely human.
 

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Contents

The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition
1
1 Why a New Paradigm?
21
Reassessing Teleology
43
3 Social Intelligence from the Ground Up
74
4 Emotional Flexibility and the Evolution of Bioculture
91
5 The Ontogeny of Social Intelligence
122
6 Representation and Imagination
153
7 Language and Concepts
184
The Social Structure of Civilization
204
9 Religion Mythology and Art
264
Notes
317
References
365
Acknowledgments
413
Index
417
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Stephen T. Asma is the author of seven books, including Against Fairness; On Monsters; and Why We Need Religion. He is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago and a founding Fellow of the college's Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture.

Rami Gabriel is the author of Why I Buy. He is Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia College Chicago and a founding Fellow of the college's Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture.

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