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Lacewing, Michael (2013) Psychoanalysis, Emotions and Living a Good Life. Think, 12 (33), pp. 41-51. [Journal Article]

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    Our emotions and desires (passions) are important as representations or ‘intuitions’ of the moral and prudential good, and hence of our reasons for action. But they can be inappropriate/incorrect, and it is not easy to recognise when this is so. To secure the good life, we need to correct these passions, if possible. This form of self-improvement requires self-awareness – awareness of one’s passions and their meaning. I present an account of what this involves, drawing upon a psychoanalytic theory of mind.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Think
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Dr Michael Lacewing
    Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 12:31
    Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 15:00
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/1064

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