Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Emotions in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Simo Knuuttila

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266388

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199266387.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 16 January 2019

CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 2 Emotions and the Ancient Emotions and the Ancient Pursuit of Christian Perfection

CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 2 Emotions and the Ancient Emotions and the Ancient Pursuit of Christian Perfection

(p.111) CHAPTER 2 Emotions and the Ancient Pursuit of Christian Perfection
Emotions in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Simo Knuuttila (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Early Christian theories of the emotions were influenced by the Platonic psychology and control oriented therapy as well as by the Stoic theory and therapy. Particularly important were the Stoic doctrine of spontaneous first movements and the ideal of apatheia which the Christian authors qualified by the conception of love. Section 1 deals with the views of emotion, sin, progress, and spiritual experience in Clement and Origen, who were the main representatives of early Alexandrian theology. Sections 2 and 3 deal with the partial reception and modification of this approach by the Cappadocian theologians and the Egyptian desert monks, whose teaching came to influence Western thought through the works of John Cassian. Augustine's view of the emotions and the will is discussed in Sect. 4. Section 5 deals with the ideas of Gregory the Great, Pseudo‐Dionysius, and some other late ancient authors.

Keywords:   apatheia, feeling, first movement, love, sin, spiritual experience, will

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .