Sixteenth-Century Discussions of the Passions of the Will

Simo Knuuttila

in Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199579914
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745959 | DOI:
Sixteenth-Century Discussions of the Passions of the Will

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John Duns Scotus's theory of the passions of the will caused much interest among late medieval and early modern thinkers, not least because it extended the scope of the theory of emotion from sensory reactions to the psychology of will and intellect. After delineating the Scotist theory, I discuss some sixteenth-century comments on Scotus's idea of the passions of the will, particularly those of John Mair and Francisco Suárez, with some remarks on Suárez's attempt to improve the Scotist approach on the basis of his theory of non-causal connections between vital acts. In the second part, I deal with the comments of Cardinal Cajetan and Suárez on Scotus's view of the conditions of pleasure and distress. One point of disagreement was whether mere inclinations without effective or conditional volitions can give rise to pleasure or distress in particular circumstances.

Keywords: distress; emotions; Francisco Suárez; John Duns Scotus; John Mair; pleasure; Thomas Cajetan de Vio; vital acts; will

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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