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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1015: Theories of Emotion, I

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Barbara H. Rosenwein, Department of History, Loyola University Chicago
Moderator/Chair:Mary Garrison, Department of History, University of York
Paper 1015-aThe Theory of Impulse in the 12th Century: Between Cloister and School
(Language: English)
Damien Boquet, Aix-Marseille Université
Index terms: Anthropology, Philosophy, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1015-bControlling Anger: Advice from Physicians and Confessors
(Language: English)
Naama Cohen-Hanegbi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Maritime and Naval Studies, Religious Life
Paper 1015-cWilliam of Auvergne in Praise of Pain
(Language: English)
Esther Cohen, Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Philosophy, Religious Life, Theology

Emotions and their gestures are intimately tied to people's theories of emotion, whether explicit in learned writings or implicit in folk commonplaces. This session takes up learned theories of the 12th and 13th centuries. The first discusses the 12th-century notion of 'impulse' or 'inclination', which had long been connected (at least since the time of Cicero) to the emotions. The second considers how learned theories of anger were transmitted to laypeople via doctors and confessors. The third looks at a particularly interesting theory of pain: as a positive, strengthening force against vice.