Music Builds Character Aristotle, Politics VIII 5, 1340a14–b5

TitleMusic Builds Character Aristotle, Politics VIII 5, 1340a14–b5
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBrüllmann, P
Ancient AuthorsAristoteles et Corpus Aristotelicum Phil. (TLG 0086)
JournalApeiron
Volume46
Issue4
Pagination345-373
Abstract

This essay offers a new interpretation of Aristotle’s remarks on how music affects the character of its listeners (Pol. VIII 5, 1340a14-b5). I will argue that these remarks appear less cryptic if we remember that Aristotle’s conception of moral virtue regards emotions not just as motivational forces (which help or hinder us from doing the right things) but as constitutive of virtuous behaviour