Basic Evaluation and the Virtuous Realisation of Values: The Integrative Model of Aristotle

Markus Riedenauer

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Human affectivity is a research topic situated at the intersection of psychology, philosophical anthropology, theory of action and ethics. This article reconstructs the Aristotelian theory of emotions in the context of his theory of aspiration (o)/recij) and in terms of their function as primary evaluators of situations, which forms the basis for virtue ethics. The Aristotelian model integrates desire, motivation and morality for a rational being in community. Affects (pa/Jh) reveal the profile of relevance of the world to a person as an indispensable basis for the work of practical reason. They are analysed in the dimensions of their cognitive core, their social, bodily, and motivational aspects. Affectivity constitutes a primary evaluative response to situations and thereby disposes human beings to realise their call to morally good, virtuous and fulfilling action.


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Aristotle, emotions, evaluation, virtues, desire, motivation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25180/lj.v18i2.45

URN (PDF): http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:101:1-201706077203

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