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Moral Psychology and Human Action in Aristotle$
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Michael Pakaluk and Giles Pearson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546541.001.0001

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Aristotle's Theory of the Emotions: Emotions as Pleasures and Pains

Aristotle's Theory of the Emotions: Emotions as Pleasures and Pains

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(p.47) 2 Aristotle's Theory of the Emotions: Emotions as Pleasures and Pains
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Moral Psychology and Human Action in Aristotle
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Jamie Dow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546541.003.0003

Aristotle offered in Rhetoric II his own theory of the emotions, which was neither the mere preliminaries to developing such a theory, nor a theory appropriated from a predecessor such as Plato. In his theory, to have an emotion is to experience pain, pleasure or both, where this pain or pleasure is intentional and representational. An emotion is pain or pleasure at the emotion's object, where that object is represented in ways that give grounds for the particular emotion experienced. Aristotle's development of this view had some limitations, but the view itself seems to have considerable merits.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Plato, emotion, passion, pleasure, pain, intentional, representation

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