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Epicurus’ 'hedonai katastematikai' and 'kata kinesin' versus Ribot’s static and dynamic passions

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There is a striking parallel between Epicurus’ distin- ction of two types of pleasures (fr. 2 Usener = DL 10, 136, 10–12) and Ribot’s distinction of two types of passions (Essai sur les passions, 1907). The paper focuses on possible similarities and dissimilarities of both approaches. Remarkably, Epicurus’ hedone is just one category among pleasant feelings and Ribot’s passions are but one family of the whole class of affectivity. Epicurus’ and Ribot’s distinctions appear to be useful for advancing a theory of affectivity, particularly in integrating various affective pheno- mena in one model in the form of a hierarchy and pointing to the principle the hierarchy is organized by.
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