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Aristotle and the Symphony of Reason and Emotion
Marlene K. Sokolon
"Sokolon has thought hard about Aristotle's discussion of the emotions, and she treats his views with respect; this is a great virtue of this book."—Polis
“Clear and extremely well researched.”—Choice
“[Sokolon] claims that political justice only comes to light when the partnership between reason and emotion is a symphonious one, in the tradition of Aristotle.”—Norma Thompson, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University
A rioting crowd in a burning city, a lynch mob circling a battered body, a campaigning senator exaggerating the threat of an enemy’s bombs—evidence of the power of anger, hate, and fear has lead many political philosophers to call for rationality as the exclusive basis for a stable, just society. Yet Aristotle himself granted emotions a role as significant as that of reason in political life. In this timely book, Marlene K. Sokolon revisits Aristotle’s understanding of emotions and finds that his ideas not only resonate with current psychological theories but, more importantly, offer a resource for political life in the twenty-first century.
(2006) 227 pp.
Marlene K. Sokolon is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal.
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