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Vignette 1: Aristotle on the Emotions

Vignette 1: Aristotle on the emotions
Daniel N.Robinson

‘The emotions are all those feelings that so change men as to affect their judgements, and that are also attended by pain or pleasure’

(Rhetoric, 1378a21–2).1

Here, then, is Aristotle's pithiest reflection on the nature of the emotions, a subject that already had received sustained philosophical attention within Plato's Academy. From the early to the later dialogues, the Socratic view of the emotions – and particularly that of love – underwent significant changes. Thus, in the Phaedrus emotion, once a wild steed to be controlled by rationality, is now the source of creativity, bringing into being what reason alone could never fathom. Aristotle would later characterize such productions as but a species of rhetoric as ...

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