Virtues of Passivity in the English Civil War

in The Secret History of Emotion

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780226309798
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309934 | DOI:
Virtues of Passivity in the English Civil War

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In the background of the dubious triumph of emotional Cartesianism, this chapter advances the genealogical project of reconstituting social emotions by first showing how they have been obscured: in this case, by a late-modern fixation on masculine political agency asserted at the expense of political “passivism.’’ The chapter presents sermons to the rebellious Long Parliament (1640–1660) in order to show how a nonreductive, early modern understanding of social passions was incapacitated by a radicalized late-modern active/passive dyad.

Keywords: emotional Cartesianism; social emotions; political passivism; Long Parliament; social passions; civil war

Chapter.  9360 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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