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Passion and Action in Aristotle

Susan James

in Passion and Action

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198250135
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597794 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250134.003.0002
 Passion and Action in Aristotle

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Early modern discussions oppose passions in action, and in doing so draw on and adapt a distinction elaborated by Aristotle. This chapter considers the senses in which Aristotle viewed the passions as passive. It maps the relations between passion and action, matter and form, and potentiality and actuality, and shows how these metaphysical categories are used to analyse the powers of the Aristotelian soul.

Keywords: action; Aristotle; form; matter; passion; soul

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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