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Not Passion's SlaveEmotions and Choice$
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Robert Solomon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195145496.001.0001

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On the Passivity of the Passions (2001)

On the Passivity of the Passions (2001)

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(p.195) 12 On the Passivity of the Passions (2001)
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Not Passion's Slave
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Robert C. Solomon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195145496.003.0012

It is commonly supposed that passions are passive, or, rather, that we are passive with regard to them. They happen to us. I argue that we are active with regard to our passions, and the notion of passivity is the product of a number of seemingly self‐evident but misleading observations and a number of wrong‐headed arguments.

Keywords:   activity, agency, basic action, choice, Elster, emotional expression, emotions, judgment, passivity, purposiveness, voluntarism

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