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Stoicism and Emotion

Stoicism and Emotion

by Margaret Graver


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ISBN-13: 9780226305585
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,262,701
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Margaret Graver is professor of classics at Dartmouth College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Emotion and Norms for Emotion 1

1 A Science of the Mind 15

The Psychic Material

The Central Directive Faculty

Thought, Belief, and Action

Affective Events

2 The Pathetic Syllogism 35

Emotions and Ascriptions of Value


Evaluations and Their Objects

The Stoic Ethical Stance

Eupathic Responses

Classification by Genus

Classification by Species

Some Remaining Questions

3 Vigor and Responsibility 61


Overriding Impulses

Medea and Odysseus

Plato and Platonists

The Posidonian Objections


4 Feelings without Assent 85

Beginnings and "Bitings" at Athens

The Senecan Account

"A Requirement of the Human Condition"

Alexandrian Propatheiai

A Stoic Essential

5 Brutishness and Insanity 109

Orestes and the Phantastikon

Melancholic Loss of Virtue

Fluttery Ignorance

Emotions as Causes


Seneca's Three Movements

6 Traits of Character 133

Scalar Conditions of Mind

Fondnesses and Aversions


Habitudes of the Wise

7 The Development of Character 149

Empiricism and Corruption

The Twofold Cause

Cicero's Hall of Mirrors

The Establishment of Traits

Autonomy and Luck

8 City of Friends and Lovers 173

Concern for Others

Proper Friendship and the Wise Community

Friendship and Self-Sufficiency

Optimistic Love

Ordinary Affections

9 The Tears of Alcibiades 191

Wisdom and Remorse

Strategies for Consolation

The Status of Premise 2

Progressor-Pain and Moral Shame

Apatheia Revisited

Appendix: The Status of Confidence in Stoic Classifications 213

List of Abbreviations 222

Notes 223

Bibliography 257

Index Locorum269

General Index 279

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