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ERIC Number: EJ859545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Education in the Virtues: Tragic Emotions and the Artistic Imagination
Penwell, Derek L.
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v43 n4 p9-31 Win 2009
The profoundly thoughtful--not to mention extensive--character of the scholarship historically applied to the nature of the difference between Plato and Aristotle on the issue of the tragic emotions raises the obvious question: What new is there left to say? In this article, the author seeks to hold together two separate issues that have occupied much of the scholarship on this topic but that typically have not been considered together: (1) What is the moral value of the tragic emotions? and (2) If the tragic emotions are morally significant, how can educators engage tragedy without viewing it instrumentally? By approaching the tragic emotions in this way, the author hopes to suggest an Aristotelian analysis of tragedy that appreciates tragedy's ability to expand resources for confronting an often chaotic world, while at the same time avoiding the notion of art as merely useful in the pursuit of larger moral projects. (Contains 52 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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