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Emotions in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Simo Knuuttila


The first part of the book covers the theories of the emotions of Plato and Aristotle and later ancient views from Stoicism to Neoplatonism (Ch. 1) and their reception and transformation by early Christian thinkers from Clement and Origen to Gregory of Nyssa, Cassian and Augustine (Ch. 2). The basic ancient alternatives were the compositional theories of Plato and Aristotle and their followers and the Stoic judgement theory. These were associated with different conceptions of philosophical therapy. Ancient theories were employed in early Christian discussions of sin, Christian love, mystical u ... More

Keywords: compositional theory, faculty psychology, judgement theory, love, sin, spiritual experience, therapy, voluntarism, will

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199266388
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199266387.001.0001


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Simo Knuuttila, author
University of Helsinki
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