What Aristotle can teach us about positive emotions - EXPeditions

What Aristotle can teach us about positive emotions

by Edith Hall
  • 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.