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The Secret History of EmotionFrom Aristotle's Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science$
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Daniel M. Gross

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226309798

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226309934.001.0001

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Virtues of Passivity in the English Civil War

Virtues of Passivity in the English Civil War

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(p.85) 3 Virtues of Passivity in the English Civil War
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The Secret History of Emotion
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309934.003.0004

In the background of the dubious triumph of emotional Cartesianism, this chapter advances the genealogical project of reconstituting social emotions by first showing how they have been obscured: in this case, by a late-modern fixation on masculine political agency asserted at the expense of political “passivism.’’ The chapter presents sermons to the rebellious Long Parliament (1640–1660) in order to show how a nonreductive, early modern understanding of social passions was incapacitated by a radicalized late-modern active/passive dyad.

Keywords:   emotional Cartesianism, social emotions, political passivism, Long Parliament, social passions, civil war

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