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Brad Inwood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712923.001.0001

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Feeling Fantastic again: Passions, Appearances, and Beliefs in Aristotle

Feeling Fantastic again: Passions, Appearances, and Beliefs in Aristotle

(p.213) Feeling Fantastic again: Passions, Appearances, and Beliefs in Aristotle
Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 46

Jamie Dow

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with Aristotle’s view of human passions, and concentrates on anger, pity, fear, and shame, and specifically how he characterized the representational aspect of those passions. It considers a number of questions in thinking about this representational aspect. It asks a number of questions. Such as, through the exercise of what psychological faculty do passions have their representational contents? And, what type of attitude towards their representational contents do passions themselves involve? If passions involve phantasia, to what extent can Aristotle’s views on the correct regulation of the passions be explained by reference to the role of phantasia in the psychology of humans and other animals? Finally, what kinds of conflict between passions and beliefs does Aristotle recognize, and what resources does he have for explaining these? Addressing these questions involves engaging with a recent debate about whether for Aristotle the representational state involved in human passions is belief (doxa) or appearance (phantasia).

Keywords:   human passions, representational aspect, Aristotle, phantasia, doxa, representational state

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