To date, The Passions
Project has been commissioned and displayed in Colorado, Iowa, Texas, and Washington, D.
Space constraints preclude me from discussing all the essays in detail, but those that stood out to me included Christopher Tilmouths essay, which takes up recent work on inter-subjectivity to show how this understanding of early modern selfhood helps us read accounts of the passions
more accurately; Russ Leo's, on Spinoza; Cummings's 'Donne's Passions: Emotion, Agency and Language'; Felicity Greens essay on Montaigne and emotion; Katherine Fletcher on how Milton's monism pushes him to counter Cartesian dualism in his writing; and Katrin Ettenhuber's essay on Augustine, Donne, and grief.
Far from the disembodied, "intellectual" Woolf who still reigns in some circles, Cuda deftly exposes a Woolf who was so profoundly invested in valorizing the passions
that she even "wonders whether this kind of sensuous, conscious passivity might be the only authentic mode of experiencing the self' (155).
the seventeenth century), motion, imagination and the passions
are at the basis of science and politics and thus explicit; even reason itself is born of the passion
Chapter 2 focuses on the question of whether the Passions
were conceived to be dramatic in a manner similar to opera.
To begin with, he seeks to make the case for their significance against those Stoics, ancient and modern, who see them as aberrant, asocial, and radically opposed to a "reasoned and morally responsible picture of the will)' The passions
, he argues, are the "least culturally constructed materials" we have.
A brief look at the existing secondary literature on the passions
according to Thomas Aquinas shows us that the older literature on this topic is historically oriented.
There was also the imagination, and the passions
of the heart, making their way out of the soul.
The book contains many beautiful and moving reproductions of paintings and sculptures of Christ, the Crucifixion, the Last Supper, and related images, whose expressive character (meditative, dramatic, and so on) is linked to the Passion
music of the same era.
It is a great American tragedy that the passions
of Clinton and the Republicans - two bitter enemies who can't see past their own questionable behavior and perceived self-interests - are punishing the nation.
4) Similarly, historians who have analyzed the rhetoric of the passions
and interests in contemporary debates about obligation have focused on self-interest, greed, or acquisitiveness rather than on erotic love.
Commercials will air on the NBC television network, targeting women 18-49, in support of the Passions
Online web site.