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On the Passivity of the Passions (2001)

Robert C. Solomon

in Not Passion's Slave

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195145496
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833726 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195145496.003.0012
 On the Passivity of the Passions (2001)

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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

Chapter.  20901 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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