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Passions and Moral Progress in Greco-Roman Thought

1st Edition

Edited by John T. Fitzgerald


392 pages

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This book contains a collection of 13 essays from leading scholars on the relationship between passionate emotions and moral advancement in Greek and Roman thought.

Recognising that emotions played a key role in whether individuals lived happily, ancient philosophers extensively discussed the nature of "the passions", showing how those who managed their emotions properly would lead better, more moral lives.

The contributions are preceded by an introdution to the subject by John Fitzgerald. Writers discussed include the Cynics, the Neopythagorians, Aristotle and Ovid; the discussion encompasses philosophy, literature and religion.


'This multi-disciplinary book is a significant contribution to recent research on the emotions and moral progress'Bryn Mawr Classical Review

‘This volume represents a solid contribution to the ongoing discussions of the passions in antiquity. The editor’s assertions that the passions should be studied alongside notions of moral progress in borne out by these useful essays.’The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

'First rate contributions to understanding how the passions were construed to help or hinder moral progress in classical antiquity . . . Of interest to many classicists, biblical scholars, and historians of philosophy.'Religious Studies Review

'…an interesting, informative and often stimulating collection of new essays.'The Classical Review

Table of Contents

An Introduction Part 1: Philosophy Aristotle and Theophrastus on the Emotions, William W Fortenbaugh. The Problem of the Passions in Cynicism, David E Aune. The Passions in Neopythagorean Writings, Johan C Thom. 'Be Angry and Sin Not: Philodemus versus the Stoics on Natural Bites and Natural Emotions, David Armstrong. Early Roman Empire Stoics, Edgar M Krentz. Plutarch on Moral Progress, Richard A Wright. Part 2: Philosophy and Literature Passion and Progress in Ovid's Metamorphoses, S Georgia Nugent. The Lassions in Galen and the Novels of Chariton and Xenophon, Loveday C A Alexander. Part 3: Philosophy and Religion Philo of Alexandria on the Rational and Irrational Emotions, David Winston. Passions in the Pauline Epistles: The Current State of Research, David Charles Aune. The Logic of Action in Paul: How Does He Differ from the Moral Philosophers on Spiritual and Moral Progression and Regression?, Troels Engberg-Pedersen. Moral Progress and Divine Power in Seneca and Paul, James Ware. Moral Pathology: Passions, Progress and Protreptic in Clement of Alexandria, L Michael White. Bibliography. Index .

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
RELIGION / Christianity / History