Session 1: Is Pleasure an Emotion?: Historicism and Anachronism in the History of Emotions William M. Reddy, Department of History, Duke University What's Wrong with Pleasure? Esther Cohen, Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Monday 1 July 2013, 09.00-10.30
|Sponsor:||Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge|
|Introduction:||Piroska Nagy, Département d'histoire, Université du Québec à Montréal|
|Speakers:||Esther Cohen, Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
William M. Reddy, Department of History / Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
Introduction: Piroska Nagy, Département d’histoire, Université du Québec à Montréal
‘Is Pleasure an Emotion?: Historicism and Anachronism in the History of Emotions’
Are all these commentators talking about the same thing? It would not be difficult to lay out the sharp differences and yawning discontinuities that separate them. But to assert that such things as pleasure, pain, or emotion are just cultural constructs that change incommensurably from one time and place to another, is hardly more satisfactory, because one must then try to account for the persistence of themes such as that of pleasure through many transformations and reworkings across the centuries. According to the Kamasutra, pleasure (kama) is only available to those who pursue it through the acquisition and deployment of a wide range of skills and refinements. It may be that pleasure cannot be understood except in relation to goals or intentions embraced by the self – what Augustine called the ‘will’.
‘What’s Wrong with Pleasure?’:
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