Image of Caravaggio's Judith Beheading Holofernes, ca. 1598–99

Unit 5: Emotions & the Body

Week 19: Emotions and the Good Life

Tues Feb 22 Aspects of emotions & The divided selfPlato, Republic
Context for selections
Selection 1: 427c-445b (427e–439a is optional) (ch 6)
Selection 2: 588b-592a (ch 12)

Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis, ch 1
pp. 1-5 (intro) 
17-19 (Failure of self-control)
20-22 (The difficulty of winning an argument)

Content warning: the Sherman selection includes descriptions of death and dying, violence, and suicide.
Sherman, Afterwar (also in drive), ch. 4, pp. 77-91
Read carefully: 
pp. 77-81 (The wounds of shame).
84-85 (parts about Prior’s guilt), 
86-91 (Recalcitrant emotions)
pp. 81-84 (parts about Ajax’s shame)
Answer the questions from the reading guide. (No need to post, it’s just for you.)
Thurs Feb 24 AMEmotions and virtue
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
background (video)

Selection: Book II.1 (how virtue is acquired) and II.4 (objection)

Confucius, The Analects
background (video)
Selection: 1.3, 2.4, 2.7-8, 3.12, 3.26, 12.4, 17.21
Answer the questions from the reading guide. (No need to post, it’s just for you.)
Tues Feb 24 PMModerate or extirpate?
Stoicism background (video)

Epictetus, Handbook or The Enchiridion
read as much as you can; some important passages are 1, 2, 5, 8, 26, 28, 29, 34, 43, 44, 47

Optional: (Pigliucci on modern stoicism)
The assignment for this class session is here.

Week 20: Emotions and Action—Anger

Tuess March 1Against anger: Stoic and Buddhist approachesSeneca, On Anger, Book 1, pages 41-48, 61-64
Nussbaum, Transitional Anger
Annotate Nussbaum in hypothesis.
Annotation instructions: 
Annotate the dialogue using hypothesis. Provide one annotation: either a question about the text or one a comment on it.

Aim for a short paragraph for your annotation. Be specific: don’t ask questions of the form “Can we go over …?” Don’t just say you don’t understand something, but explain exactly what. You might in the same annotation speculate on the answer. Your comment can be an objection to some claim in the reading, but it doesn’t have to be. It could instead be, say, an example to support a point in the reading, an explanation of a difficult passage, or a tie-in to something in the course, or in your life. One or both of your annotations can also be a response to someone else’s annotation.
Thurs Mar 3 AMAnger and oppressionSmith, Tiffany Watt. Abhiman. In The Book of Human Emotions.

Tagore, Rabindranath. Punishment.

Rewatch the Anger chapter from Lemonade
Thurs Mar 3 PMAnger and oppressionLorde, Audre. The uses of anger. 

Cherry, Myuisha. Anger is not a bad word (video)

Frye, Marilyn. A note on anger (optional)
Annotate Lorde in hypothesis. See the instructions above.

Week 21: Emotions Between Biology and Society

Tues Mar 8 Buddhist Perspectives on AngerBuddhist approaches to anger
Readings collected here.; Guest Lecturer
In Hance
Thurs Mar 10 AMEvaluating Emotions
Srinivasan, Amia. The Aptness of Anger (read part III carefully)

Pickard, Hanna, Stop telling me what to feel! (part III, the rest is optional)
Annotate one of the papers (of your choice) in hypothesis.
Thurs Mar 10 PMWrap UpNo new reading