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Conflict: Mixed Emotions and the Indivisible Heart

David Pugmire

in Sound Sentiments

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276899
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602689 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276897.003.0008
Conflict: Mixed Emotions and the Indivisible Heart

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Emotional ambivalence is necessarily rather common, but it is actually hard to sustain whilst experiencing any of the emotions involved to the fullest extent. There are at least nine ways in which emotions can strain against one another. Where the concerns of the motions have weight, it is hard to avoid either withdrawing from one of them with defensive violence or attenuating one’s engagement with the concerns animating them. Because ambivalent emotion is unstable in these ways, it cannot easily sustain depth (though it could inspire deep consternation at second order).

Keywords: aesthetic; ambivalence; attenuated engagement; conflict; culture; depth; polarization; self-deceived; sincere; tragedy

Chapter.  11136 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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