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Aristotle on Emotions in Law and Politics

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  • Explains how Aristotle’s attention to the non-rational elements of cognition contributes to his realistic views on the rule of law, social cohesion, democracy and judgment

  • Re-appraises Aristotle’s biological view on the continuity between human and animal life

  • Shows the striking similarity between the views of contemporary neuro-scientists and Aristotle’s thoughts on emotion

  • Examines many of Aristotle’s writings such as Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric and Metaphysics

  • Presents the outcomes of several years of interdisciplinary collaboration between ancient philosophy scholars, legal theorists, political scientists and historians

Part of the book series: Law and Philosophy Library (LAPS, volume 121)

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Debate About Emotion in Law and Politics

      • Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer
      Pages 3-10
  3. Legitimation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 335-335

About this book

In this book, experts from the fields of law and philosophy explore the works of Aristotle to illuminate the much-debated and fascinating relationship between emotions and justice. Emotions matter in connection with democracy and equity – they are relevant to the judicial enforcement of rights, legal argumentation, and decision-making processes in legislative bodies and courts. The decisive role that emotions, feelings and passions play in these processes cannot be ignored – not even by those who believe that emotions have no legitimate place in the public sphere. 

A growing body of literature on these topics recognizes the seminal insights contributed by Aristotle. This book offers a comprehensive  analysis of his thinking in this context, as well as proposals for inspiring dialogues between his works and those written by a selection of modern and contemporary thinkers. As such, the book offers a valuable resource for students of law, philosophy, rhetoric, politics, ethics and history, but also for readers interested in the ongoing debate about legal positivism and the relevance of emotions for legal and political life in today’s world.




Keywords

  • Rule of law
  • Aristotle
  • Judicial emotion
  • Rationality
  • Decision-making
  • Judicial argumentation
  • Morality
  • Rousseau
  • Kant
  • Criminal justice
  • legal positivism
  • Dual Process Theory
  • Adjudication
  • Court decision
  • Judicial decision
  • Opinion of the court
  • Reasons for the judgment
  • Virtue ethics
  • Nicomachean Ethics

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer

  • Faculdade de Direito de Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

    Nuno M.M.S. Coelho

About the editors

Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer has a guest-appointment at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam to 2020 in order to complete a project about leading Dutch legal theorist Paul Scholten (1875-1946). Before she retired she taught legal philosophy and legal sociology at the same faculty. Since 2009 she and Nuno Coelho have convened a special workshop at the bi-annual conferences of the IVR on the philosophy of Aristotle, which resulted in the edited volume Aristotle and the Philosophy of Law Theory, Practice and Justice in 2013.

Nuno Coelho teaches law, ethics and philosophy of law in Brazil (USP, UNAERP, USU). He published articles and books on Aristotle's Ethics and Politics, such as “ἕτεροι καὶ ἶσοι: Aristotle on diversity and equality in the constitution of polis” and “Aristotle and The Philosophy of Law: Th eory, Practice and Justice".

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USD 129.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-66703-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)