Encyclopædia Britannica comment on the use and discussion of the term "passions"

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Title

Encyclopædia Britannica comment on the use and discussion of the term "passions"

Subject

18th century authors who discuss "passions" always note particular divisions of passions, generally into a positive and a negative

Description

This 1797 encyclopedia entry observes that contemporary texts that discuss passions always include at least one example of a pair. There is not an all-encompassing idea of passions; the very idea of them includes the inherent dichotomy. This claim is evidenced in Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature and Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

Creator

Andrew Bell and Colin Macfarquhar

Source

Encyclopædia Britannica 3rd edition, 1797–1801 (20 vols.).

Edinburgh: printed for A. Bell and C. Macfarquhar, 1797

Bell, Andrew and Colin Macfarquhar. “Passions” Encyclopædia Britannica. 3rd ed. Vol. 14. Edinburgh: 1797. Oxford English Dictionary. Web 14 February 2020

Publisher

Oxford English Dictionary

Date

1797

Contributor

Sarah Sorme

Relation

  • Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature 
  • Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Format

Print encyclopedia

Language

English

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Text

The common division of the passions into desire and aversion, hope and fear, joy and grief, love and hatred, has been mentioned by every author who has treated of them.

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Encyclopedia entry

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Andrew Bell and Colin Macfarquhar, “Encyclopædia Britannica comment on the use and discussion of the term "passions",” Enlightenmens, accessed August 9, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/563.

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