Emotions and Health, 1200-1700 by Elena Carrera

By Elena Carrera

Feelings and wellbeing and fitness, 1200-1700 examines theological and clinical ways to the passions as changes affecting either brain and physique. It makes a speciality of sorrow, worry and anger, on structures of the melancholic topic, and at the results of tune on wellbeing and fitness.

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Desire and emotion are not just central to the structure of the Summa: they are central to Aquinas’s project and especially his ethics. For Aquinas, ethics is nothing other than the study of human psychology insofar as it flourishes or fails to flourish. Unlike approaches that regard psychology and ethics as two distinct categories that are only occasionally concerned with each other, or perhaps extrinsically related in a calculus where psychological well-being is weighed against doing what is right, Aquinas’s approach offers a refreshing synthesis of psychology and ethics.

2 496 (pp. 701–03). 1–3. 64 Aristotle was able to arrive at some of these conclusions without theological premises because he sees human fulfillment as the proper operation of all the powers of the human person, and consequently the sense appetite is integral to his understanding of moral virtue. In the De anima he discusses the sense appetite and the passions, but his account of the passions is not as systematically related to the sense appetite as Aquinas’s, and his lengthy discussion of the passions in the Rhetoric is more a phenomenological survey than a discussion of how they lead us toward our flourishing.

22 nicholas e. 9 Interest in Aquinas’s account of emotion, however, is growing. Recent studies have made extraordinary statements about Aquinas’s influence on subsequent medieval and early modern thinkers. ”10 In her book, Passion and Action: The Emotions in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, Susan James devotes a chapter to Aquinas. ”12 Thomas Dixon’s historical study of the categories of passion and emotion singles out Augustine and 9 Anthony Kenny, Aquinas on Mind (New York: Routledge, 1993), 63: “Aquinas divides the sensory appetite into two sub-faculties: one which is the locus of affective drives, and another which is the locus of aggressive drives.

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