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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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The Politics of Emotion (1998)

The Politics of Emotion (1998)

(p.143) 9 The Politics of Emotion (1998)
Not Passion's Slave

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

I discuss two paradigms of emotion analysis, one by Aristotle and the other by William James. I argue that the emotions are political in a sense illuminated by Aristotle, and that the analysis of emotion – the choice between paradigms – is also political, in that it involves much more than a scientific notion of correctness. Emotions are (or can be) tools that we use to manipulate other people. The analysis of emotions also determines how we will behave and how we understand ourselves.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Cartesian tradition, Descartes, emotional strategies, emotions, Feinberg, William James, psychology, purposiveness, Sartre

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