Passions and Moral Progress in Greco-Roman Thought by John T. Fitzgerald

By John T. Fitzgerald

This book contains a suite of thirteen essays from best scholars on the connection between passionate emotions and ethical development in Greek and Roman thought. 

Recognising that feelings performed a key position in no matter if individuals lived fortunately, old philosophers broadly mentioned the character of "the passions", displaying how those that controlled their feelings thoroughly may lead larger, extra ethical lives. 

The contributions are preceded through an introdution to the topic through John Fitzgerald.  Writers mentioned contain the Cynics, the Neopythagorians, Aristotle and Ovid; the dialogue encompasses philosophy, literature and religion.

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Members of the Academy . . focused upon emotions as distinct from bodily sensations and bodily drives and tried to explain the involvement of cognition in emotional response. A satisfactory explanation was not immediately forthcoming. (Fortenbaugh 1975a: 9) Plato dealt with emotion, especially in the Philebus,19 but he did not devote any of his writings primarily or specifically to this subject. 12), which may have been the first devoted specifically to the passions. 28 That Aristotle likewise wrote one or more works specifically on the emotions is also possible, but by no means certain.

Ioppolo 1980; 1986: 211–14. 46 Cicero, Tusc. 21. 1, 39; FHSG 493, 504. 47 I owe this observation to David Konstan, who kindly read a draft of this introduction and offered several helpful suggestions in regard to both substance and bibliography. The errors that remain are, of course, mine alone. 48 For the treatment of the emotions by the Old Stoa, see Rabel 1975; Brennan 1998. For Stoicism and the emotions in general, see Rabel 1977; 1981; Lloyd 1978; Inwood 1985: 127–81; Ledbetter 1993–4; Sorabji 1998; Inwood in Inwood and 20 THE PASSIONS AND MORAL PROGRESS: AN INTRODUCTION 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 Donini 1999: 699–714; Brennan 2003; Becker 2004; Strange 2004; Gill 2005; and Sellars 2006: 114–20.

Although Du¨ring thinks ‘‘we should resist the temptation to speak of an organized school in Assos,’’ he argues ‘‘that they went on with their studies and discussions there as a matter of course’’ (Du¨ring 1957: 276). There is no indication that Speusippus ever wrote a work specifically devoted to the emotions. 4), so it is likely that he, like Plato, discussed the passions in this context. That is also implicit in the ascription to him of the goal of avoclhsi,a (aochl¯esia), freedom from disturbance (frg.

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