My aim is to investigate the conditions for the manifestation of passions and emotions. Are these conditions independent from the subject-agent? Are they, as objective, somehow analyzable and governable? I think that we must assume that there is an external condition of risk (κίνδυνος) which interacts with an inner emotional state. Usually we connect immediately risk with fear; but the risk seems the necessary condition also for another experience: the human being reacts to fear and finds it important, perhaps fascinating, engaging, and then, literally, takes risks in view of a new goal to be achieved. The “risk condition” is an objective circumstance in which the reason is excluded or, at first, does not seem able to intervene. As an example, my investigation deals with courage and love in Plato. I think that in general we can assume the risk as a kind of the external, and of the inner too, precondition of the occurrence of emotion.

Emotions in Context: “Risk” as Condition for Emotion

Maso Stefano
2020

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My aim is to investigate the conditions for the manifestation of passions and emotions. Are these conditions independent from the subject-agent? Are they, as objective, somehow analyzable and governable? I think that we must assume that there is an external condition of risk (κίνδυνος) which interacts with an inner emotional state. Usually we connect immediately risk with fear; but the risk seems the necessary condition also for another experience: the human being reacts to fear and finds it important, perhaps fascinating, engaging, and then, literally, takes risks in view of a new goal to be achieved. The “risk condition” is an objective circumstance in which the reason is excluded or, at first, does not seem able to intervene. As an example, my investigation deals with courage and love in Plato. I think that in general we can assume the risk as a kind of the external, and of the inner too, precondition of the occurrence of emotion.
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