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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

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(p.82) 7 Impulses and Emotions
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The Stoic Life
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Tad Brennan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199256268.003.0007

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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