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English Department Ford Lecture

October 26, 2017
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Humanities Center Conference Room D

Rita Copeland
University of Pennsylvania
Professor of Classical Studies & English
Sheli Z. and Burton X Rosenberg Professor of Humanities

"The Rhetorical Life of Emotions"

Rita Copeland traces the impact of the late Middle Ages, specifically their uses of Aristotelianism, on the post-classical turn to a political theory of emotion. Her inquiry considers the changing reception and interpretations of Aristotle’s Rhetoric (especially how the art of persuasion affects the emotions of the listener) from the early 14th century De regimine principum by Giles of Rome (whose “Advice to Princes” includes considerable reference to Aristotle) to the political and philosophical work by Thomas Hobbes and Giambattista Vico. The lecture describes how Aristotle's analytic of emotions affected each author

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