Zhuo Charles Li
BA Classics
BLUE Fellow
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Winter
2022
Seeking a "first philosophy" through an ontology of emotions
BLUE Fellow
Winter
2022

Background

I'm trying to find a "first-philosophy" which serves as a navigator/map of the world of philosophy. Such map helps us to explore the philosophical world by wrapping up the known and pointing to the unknown. I will start with Levinas' philosophy called "being in the world", checking if it is a good first-philosophy that brings different branches of philosophy together. Also, I'm interested in building a system of symbols that better describe abstract ideas, like "an auxiliary language of philosophy".

Ontological Exposition of Emotion

My initial goal was to look for the new possibility of Metaphysics. That is a huge task and I need to start with something more specific. I encountered the ontological question of emotion when I found out that Homer's Iliad begins with 'anger/wrath' and that emotions as 'love and shame' also play an essential role in Apollonius' Argonautika. (Emotion is a very complex pattern, rather than a simple occurrence.)Aristotle contends that metaphysics should deal with "the first causes and the principles of things" (Aristotle, MP, Bk 1). Therefore, I decided to approach this question by combining classical literature with philosophy, in order that I may investigate the true shapes of emotion.

Final Question: Philosophy should be concerned with the very nature of things rather than the appearance. My question is—what is the basis/proof of the existence of emotions?

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