Aristotle on Emotions in Law and Politics

  • Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer
  • Nuno M.M.S. Coelho

Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 121)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer
      Pages 3-10
  3. Cognition

  4. Moral Agency

  5. Legitimation

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 451-473

About this book


In this book, experts from the fields of law and philosophy explore the works of Aristotle to illuminate the much-debated and fascinating relationship between emotions and justice. Emotions matter in connection with democracy and equity – they are relevant to the judicial enforcement of rights, legal argumentation, and decision-making processes in legislative bodies and courts. The decisive role that emotions, feelings and passions play in these processes cannot be ignored – not even by those who believe that emotions have no legitimate place in the public sphere. 

A growing body of literature on these topics recognizes the seminal insights contributed by Aristotle. This book offers a comprehensive  analysis of his thinking in this context, as well as proposals for inspiring dialogues between his works and those written by a selection of modern and contemporary thinkers. As such, the book offers a valuable resource for students of law, philosophy, rhetoric, politics, ethics and history, but also for readers interested in the ongoing debate about legal positivism and the relevance of emotions for legal and political life in today’s world.


Rule of law Aristotle Judicial emotion Rationality Decision-making Judicial argumentation Morality Rousseau Kant Criminal justice legal positivism Dual Process Theory Adjudication Court decision Judicial decision Opinion of the court Reasons for the judgment Virtue ethics Nicomachean Ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer
    • 1
  • Nuno M.M.S. Coelho
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculdade de Direito de Ribeirão PretoUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil

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