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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press; 2nd edition (November 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715631675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715631676
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,109,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This pioneering book offered an extremely revealing analysis of Aristotle on emotion…is still the best treatment." -- Richard Sorabji

‘This was pathbreaking when it first appeared, and it remains the best book on the subject.’ -- David Konstan

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W.W. Fortenbaugh is Professor of Classics at Rutgers University.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Alexander on January 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have not seen this new edition, but I read the original work in the mid eighties and it made a considerable impression on me.
The basic thrust of the book, as I recall it, is that emotional processes are at root rational processes that can be understood and manipulated (influenced might be a better word) with examples taken from theater, poetry etc. The book also offers some insight into Aristotle's world view that left me with a deep respect for his thinking.
While I am not qualified to judge the book's academic merits, I found it to be cogent, thought-provoking and a refreshing change from the then current vogue of confounding emotionality and irrationality (a persistant confusion even today). I give an unreserved recommendation to anyone looking to understand what emotions are and how they may be managed. I would also recommend it to anyone interested in ancient Greek civilization in general even though it touches a very thin slice of that pie. Students and scholars of Aristotle and philosopy will make their own judgements, of course.
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