Descartes on Emotions, Reason, and the Adaptive Unconscious: The Pioneer Behind the Caricature

@article{Kirkeben2019DescartesOE,
  title={Descartes on Emotions, Reason, and the Adaptive Unconscious: The Pioneer Behind the Caricature},
  author={G. Kirkeb{\o}en},
  journal={History of Psychology},
  year={2019},
  volume={22},
  pages={17–39}
}
  • G. Kirkebøen
  • Published 2019
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • History of Psychology
The 17th-century philosopher René Descartes’s radical new understanding of psychological phenomena is usually presented very inaccurately in psychological literature. Two extreme examples are Damasio’s (1994) Descartes’ Error and Wilson’s (2002) Strangers to Ourselves. These two much-cited books contrast the “great” philosopher’s naive mistakes with recent research on, respectively, the relation among emotions, reason, and the brain (Damasio) and the adaptive functions of unconscious processes… Expand

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