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Recommended reading: Lou Marinoff, Plato, not Prozac. This answer is loosely based on such text. Following your question, you imply that emotions determine what we want. But this is not always so. A great deal of our acts depend on the capability to determine our acts by means of reason, and not due to emotions. Imagine that you feel depressed. In your ...


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In the commentary to proposition IX of part 3 in Ethics, Spinoza argues that we decide if things or situations are good based on our desire for them. It is to say, the feeling we have that we want something to happen, or to belong to us, is the hint we use to label them good. It is to say, desire comes first and is not the fruit of a conscious decision ...


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