30/06/2010

The Passions of the Soul


This is Sister 3's entry for the Gallery / Writing Workshop mash-up.
The theme is 'Emotions'.


Renee Descartes defined the six primitive passions as love, hatred, joy, desire wonder and sadness. Any other emotion, he said, is a combination of those six, of varying intensity. Although Descartes did not think emotions should be eradicated, he believed, like the Stoics, that emotions could be mistaken, just like perceptions, and if they were they ought to be cured.

So when the Princess of Bohemia, his philosophical correspondent on the topic of mind and body for over six years, contracted a low fever, Descartes blamed it on depression and recommended she read the Stoic Seneca, all the while reflecting on how much stronger the mind is than the body.
Surprisingly, it didn't go down all that well.

Here are Sister 3's interpretations of Descartes' Passions:



Love


Hatred


Desire



Joy



Wonder



Sadness



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9 comments:

Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

That's what I like - a post that entertains and educates. Fantastic. Thank you x

Josie @Sleep is for the Weak said...

Gorgeous!!

Hee hee I'm chuckling away at desire, and at wonder. That's bird's face is brilliant!

Great interpretation! Full marks from me!! xx

Mummy Mishaps said...

That's really clever! Brilliant!

jfb57 said...

Really neat take on the theme Ladies! Lovely photos!

@jencull (jen) said...

This is brilliant, really enjoyed it and a great take on the prompt :D Love the photos too :) Jen

Nickie @ Typecast said...

Great post - very original x

JulieB said...

Fantastic - love it! Especially Desire!

sister3 said...

deayr ladies,
thank you !
And I found rene descartes's idea alone !!!!
I still don't understand everything sandrine wrote though...
but I understand the pictures ! and I like desire too !!!
Did you know banana's had flowers ???

New Mummy said...

What a great take on the prompt, love it

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