2008 02 01
Bleg, or, phleg: Aristotle, catharsis, porn
It’s a philosophy-bleg!
My colleague is teaching Aristotle on catharsis this afternoon. The cartoon view of catharsis is that drama (or just? mainly? tragedy) is useful because it allows us to purge our harmful emotions by getting emotionally wrought over a fictional situation. My colleague is wondering whether Aristotle could say pornography is useful for purging the bad emotion (or, excess emotion?) of lust, or whether Aristotle would be required to say that porn is bad because it forms bad habits. So, Aristotle: for or against porn?
I told him I knew the man for this job, and then I thought other people might be interested too so I’m posting this rather than emailing you, CY.
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