The Aristotelian psychology of tragic mimesis

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© koninklijke brill nv, leiden, 2019. This paper argues that the psychology of mimesis presupposed by Poetics 4 is immediately relevant to Aristotle's psychology of tragic mimesis. at 1448b16 involve a cognitive mode characteristic of Aristotelian induction that joins particulars with universals through spontaneous, non-discursive noetic predication. Aristotle's view of the cognition of tragic mimesis can be subsumed under the practice of theĊria: the inductive re-cognition of ethical universals is a 'theoric' exercise of philosophical reflection on the particulars of the tragic action, an associative intellection that actualizes the subject's knowledge by joining ethical universals with the particular mimetic praxeis they regard.

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Duke Authors

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  • González, JM

Published Date

  • January 1, 2019

Volume / Issue

  • 64 /

Start / End Page

  • 172 - 245

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1163/15685284-12341958

Citation Source

  • Scopus