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The Stoic LifeEmotions, Duties, and Fate$
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Tad Brennan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199256268.001.0001

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Impulses and Emotions

Impulses and Emotions

(p.82) 7 Impulses and Emotions
The Stoic Life

Tad Brennan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Stoics’ views on impulses and emotions. Impulse is defined as an assent to an impression of a certain kind, i.e. an impression that attributes a certain kind of value to the agent’s own potential action. The relation between the three main kinds of impulse: emotions (desire, fear, pleasure, and pain), eupatheiai (joy, volition, and caution), and selections (selection, disselection), are discussed.

Keywords:   impulse, emotion, rationality, eupatheiai, selection, Stoicism, philosophy, Stoics

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