On the Captivity of the Will

John Sabini and Maury Silver

in Emotion, Character, and Responsibility

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195121674
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846931 | DOI:
On the Captivity of the Will

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This chapter presents an argument for placing a significance on passivity in human nature: Man's sympathy for the suffering of others, sympathy for their pain, or for their having their emotions violated, which is connected to man's sense that their suffering is beyond their control. The chapter shows features of “primary situations” that ground man's judgment that someone deserves sympathy, which involve a type of caring on the part of the object of sympathy.

Keywords: emotion; passivity; sympathy; primary situations

Chapter.  7394 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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