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    Aristotle on memory and emotions in human and non-human animals

    Connell, Sophia (2024) Aristotle on memory and emotions in human and non-human animals. In: Kazantzidis, G. and Spatharas, D. (eds.) Memory and Emotions in Antiquity. Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes 158. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter, pp. 129-152. ISBN 9783111344805.

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    The connections between memory and the emotions are typically assumed to be operative only in human beings, associated as they are with collective acts of memorial unavailable to beings without complex language. This paper challenges this assumption by concentrating on Aristotle’s account of memory and emotions in non-human animals in his metaphysics, psychology and zoology. Various non-human animals have emotional responses similar to human ones; this requires many intellectual capacities, including the ability to remember. The paper argues that the most cognitively sophisticated emotions in the animal work is love, philia, requires the capacity to remember loved ones. Concentrating on this feeling and the social structures it supports across the living nature world in Aristotle’s thought reveals both the complexity of animal thinking and the naturalness of the human community.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Research in Environment and Sustainability, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sophia Connell
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2024 15:28
    Last Modified: 10 May 2024 15:39


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