The Wisdom of the Heart: Thinking Emotions, Feeling Thoughts
Emotions, feelings and passions shape the quality of our existence, but we are not always aware of the ways in which our emotional life is expressed. In fact, we tend to live irreflectively. What self-care enables us to cultivate the affective side for the benefit of the quality of existence? And how is it possible to nurture the positive affections, which generate vital feelings, and scale back the negative ones, which jeopardize our relationship with ourselves and others? Answering these questions means drawing a horizon in the light of which to assess whether and how far our beliefs are appropriate for the good life. It means creating the foundation for the best possible life. From this perspective, developing the capacity for affective self-understanding is an indispensable existential goal.
Luigina Mortari, PhD, is Full Professor Epistemology of Qualitative Research at the University of Verona, Italy. She is the founder and Director of Melete – Center of Ethics for Care and of the interdepartmental Caring Education Research Center (CERC) at the same University. She is the author of several books and articles on the philosophy and ethics of care, the epistemology of qualitative inquiry and the ecological thinking.
ISBN: 978‑606‑697‑165‑2 (paperback)
ISBN: 978‑606‑697‑166‑9 (electronic)