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Title
Catharsis and vicarious fear
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Abstract
The aim of this paper is to give a new interpretation of Aristotle's account of the emotions evoked in the course of engaging with tragic narratives that would give rise to a coherent account of catharsis. Very briefly, the proposal is that tragedy triggers vicarious (or other‐centered) emotions and catharsis is the purgation of such emotions. I argue that this interpretation of fear and pity as vicarious emotions is consistent with both Aristotle's account of emotions and his account of catharsis and also with his choice of examples for tragedies that trigger catharsis.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European journal of philosophy. - Oxford
Publication
Oxford : 2018
ISSN
0966-8373
Volume/pages
26:4(2018), p. 1371-1380
ISI
000453675900013
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 23.10.2018
Last edited 29.08.2021
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