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Single Idea 22235

[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 3. Emotions]

Full Idea

We believe that feelings are immutable, but every sentiment, particularly the most noble and disinterested, has a history.

Gist of Idea

Feelings are not unchanging, but have a history (especially if they are noble)


Michel Foucault (Nietzsche, Genealogy, History [1971], p.86), quoted by Johanna Oksala - How to Read Foucault 5

Book Reference

Oksala,Johanna: 'Foucault how to read' [Granta 2007], p.45

A Reaction

This is the sort of remark that makes me think Foucault is worth reading. Aristotle thought you could teach correct feelings. That implies that you can also teach incorrect feelings.