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Aristotle on Emotion: A Contribution to Philosphical Psychology, Rhetoric, Poetics, Politics, and Ethics

by W. W. Fortenbaugh

Buy the book: W. W. Fortenbaugh. Aristotle on Emotion: A Contribution to Philosphical Psychology, Rhetoric, Poetics, Politics, and Ethics

Release Date: March, 2003

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Buy the book: W. W. Fortenbaugh. Aristotle on Emotion: A Contribution to Philosphical Psychology, Rhetoric, Poetics, Politics, and Ethics


Your feelings may be rational after all!

I have not seen this new edition, but I read the original work in the mid eighties and it made a considerable impression on me.

The basic thrust of the book, as I recall it, is that emotional processes are at root rational processes that can be understood and manipulated (influenced might be a better word) with examples taken from theater, poetry etc. The book also offers some insight into Aristotle's world view that left me with a deep respect for his thinking.

While I am not qualified to judge the book's academic merits, I found it to be cogent, thought-provoking and a refreshing change from the then current vogue of confounding emotionality and irrationality (a persistant confusion even today). I give an unreserved recommendation to anyone looking to understand what emotions are and how they may be managed. I would also recommend it to anyone interested in ancient Greek civilization in general even though it touches a very thin slice of that pie. Students and scholars of Aristotle and philosopy will make their own judgements, of course.

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