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What Aristotle can teach us about positive emotions
by Edith Hall
About this EXP
Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at King’s College London, examines Aristotle’s approach to emotions and how we might understand them.
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Key point 1
Aristotle considered emotions to be positive, contrary to other schools of thought that came before and after, and believed they would lead us to good.
Key point 2
For every emotion, passion or appetite, he said there was a “middle way”, or a correct amount of each, and that even emotions normally considered negative could be channelled for something beneficial.
Key point 3
Aristotle theorised that there are three types of friendships, and problems arise in relationships when we put people in the wrong category.
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