Emotion and Peace of Mind: From Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation

Paperback | September 5, 2002

byRichard Sorabji

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Richard Sorabji presents a ground-breaking study of ancient Greek views of the emotions and their influence on subsequent theories and attitudes, pagan and Christian. The central focus of the book is the Stoics, but Sorabji draws on a vast range of texts to give a rich historical survey of howWestern thinking about this central aspect of human nature developed.Stoicism is not, Sorabji makes clear, about gritting your teeth. It can successfully banish stress by showing you how to assess your situation differently. But there were rival views, that emotional stress depends on irrational forces in the mind, or, as modern brain research explains, physicalforces in the body, so that changing your assessment is only sometimes effective. The debate also concerns the different roles of philosophy, music, and the arts in calming stress.Orthodox Stoics marginalized as mere side-effects the initial agitations which they could not treat. In Christianity we see how one culture can transform another. Sorabji shows how the Christians turned the Stoic theory of initial agitations into a theory of initial temptations and devised newtechniques to combat what came to be called the seven cardinal sins.Emotion and Peace of Mind is a magisterial work of scholarship which will be fascinating for anyone with an interest in the emotions from a historical or contemporary perspective.

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Richard Sorabji presents a ground-breaking study of ancient Greek views of the emotions and their influence on subsequent theories and attitudes, pagan and Christian. The central focus of the book is the Stoics, but Sorabji draws on a vast range of texts to give a rich historical survey of howWestern thinking about this central aspect ...

Richard Sorabji is at Wolfson College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:September 5, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionEmotions as Judgements Versus Irrational Forces1. Emotion as Cognitive and its Therapy2. The Emotions as Value Judgements in Chrysippus3. Seneca's Defence: Third Movements as Harmonizing Chrysippus and Zeno4. Seneca's Defence: First Movements as Answering Posidonius5. The Arts: First Movements and Controversies on Drama and Music. Aristotle, Philodemus, and the Stoics6. Posidonius on the Irrational Forces in Emotion: Galen's Report7. Posidonius: Judgements Insufficient for Emotion. Exhaustion and Lack of Imagination8. Posidonius: Judgements Not Necessary for Emotion. Disowned Judgements, Animals, and Music9. Aspasius and Other Objections to Chrysippus10. What is Missing from the Judgemental Analysis? Brain Research and Limitations on Stoic Cognitive TherapyValue of the Emotions, Cognitive Therapy, and the Role of Philosophy11. The Role of Analytic Philosophy in Stoic Cognitive Therapy12. Stoic Indifference: A Barrier to Therapy?13. The Case for and against Eradication of Emotion14. The Traditions of Moderation and Eradication15. How the Ancient Exercises Work16. Exercises Concerned with Time and the Self17. Physiology and the Non-Cognitive: Galen's Alternative Approach to Emotion18. Sex, Love, and Marriage in Pagan Philosophy and the Use of Catharsis19. Catharsis and the Classification of TherapiesEmotional Conflict and Structure of the Mind20. Emotional Conflict and the Divided Self21. The Concept of WillFrom Stoic Agitations to Christian Temptations22. First Movements as Bad Thoughts: Origen and his Legacy23. From First Movements to the Seven Cardinal Sins: Evagrius24. First Movements in Augustine: Adaptation and Misunderstanding25. Christians on Moderation versus Eradication26. Augustine on Lust and the WillBibliography of Secondary Sources MentionedIndex of Ancient ThinkersIndex LocorumSubject and Name Index

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`Review from previous edition Emotion and Peace of Mind is a benchmark volume, an outstanding contribution to the philosophy and psychology of emotion; surely a required work for anyone prepared to approach the subject with the seriousness it demands...'Daniel N. Robinson, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology