Impulses and Emotions

Tad Brennan

in The Stoic Life

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199256266
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603075 | DOI:
Impulses and Emotions

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This chapter examines the Stoics’ views on impulses and emotions. Impulse is defined as an assent to an impression of a certain kind, i.e. an impression that attributes a certain kind of value to the agent’s own potential action. The relation between the three main kinds of impulse: emotions (desire, fear, pleasure, and pain), eupatheiai (joy, volition, and caution), and selections (selection, disselection), are discussed.

Keywords: impulse; emotion; rationality; eupatheiai; selection; Stoicism; philosophy; Stoics

Chapter.  12838 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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