Chapter 11. Catharsis

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair2 and
  2. Walter Jost Professor of English3
  1. Jonathan Lear

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch11

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

How to Cite

Lear, J. (2010) Catharsis, in A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (eds G. L. Hagberg and W. Jost), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East Anglia, UK

  2. 3

    University of Virginia, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405141703

Online ISBN: 9781444315592

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Keywords:

  • catharsis;
  • tragedy, says Aristotle - mimesis of serious and complete action, having magnitude;
  • Aristotle distinguishing cathartic melodies from “ethical melodies”;
  • tragic catharsis - effecting purification of emotions;
  • tragedy, training and habituating us in feeling pity and fear in response to events;
  • pity, paradigm of another-regarding emotion;
  • In Rhetoric, Aristotle saying, those who have already experienced great disasters no longer feel fear