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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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Not Passion's Slave

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

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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