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Title: Die Emotionstheorie Augustins als Theorie personaler Identität
Author(s): KIESEL, Dagmar
Journal: Augustiniana
Volume: 64    Issue: 1-4   Date: 2014   
Pages: 93-123
DOI: 10.2143/AUG.64.1.3080609

Abstract :
The present paper argues that Augustine’s emotion theory is explained as a theory of personal identity. Augustine analyzes personal identity primarily as unity and integrity of the will (uoluntas). He perceives the will as focused on objects, and characterizes it as love (amor), an emotion that expresses this intentionality, and from which all other specific emotions arise. By linking the successful constitution of identity in the sense of coherence and unity to the will’s orientation to God and therefore to a certain orientation of emotions, Augustine’s emotion theory proves to be a theory of personal identity.

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