Giulio Sacco

Giulio Sacco
Università degli Studi di Torino | UNITO

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The philosophy of emotions has long been dominated by the view called «cognitivism». According to it, emotions are characterized (and definable) not by mere physical impulses but by a cognitive evaluation of their object. However, despite their success, cognitive theories have to deal with various objections and are divided on how to answer to them...
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In a recent article in Sistemi Intelligenti, Massimo Marraffa e Marco Viola argued, following Paul Griffiths, that «a complete theory of emotions» does not exist, insofar as all the perspectives that have been developed fail to account for all the relevant aspects of our emotional experience, overlooking some of them. This short paper seeks to sket...
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Aristotle’s account of emotions in the second book of Rhetoric has long been considered a shallow and contradictory analysis by many scholars, according to whom there is (or should be) no room for the elicitation of passions in the rational debate. The aim of the article is to reflect critically upon the most recent and influential studies of Arist...
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Feminist thinkers have commonly interpreted Edith Stein's «dual anthropology» as a form of essentialism and difference feminism. For them, men and women have (or should have) different functions and capabilities. The article argues against this traditional account. Starting from two distinct criticisms of difference feminism-that of Judith Butler a...
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Although one is intuitively led to consider empathy and compassion important for ethical reflection, some philosophers have argued that they are not related to justice, insofar as they are partial and parochial. The aim of this article is to examine Martha Nussbaum’s defense of the ethical role of compassion. The first part of the essay discusses N...
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The objective of this article is to show the evolution of Martha Nussbaum's thinking about anger. In fact, the American philosopher has changed over the years her position towards this emotion, shifting from an Aristotelian approach to a more Stoic one. In the now classics Therapy of desire and The intelligence of emotions anger seemed to her an in...
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The aim of this paper is to analyze Martha Nussbaum’s cognitive/evaluative theory of emotions, showing its most interesting prospects. After discussing the main arguments of this theory, the article focuses on the possibility, that this approach guarantees, to judge feelings from an ethical point of view. In fact, by linking the emotions to the sub...