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Ergebnisanzeige "Character and Emotions"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelCharacter and Emotions
BeschreibungInternational colloquium: Character and Emotions
University of Geneva, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences. Focus Aesthetic Emotions
April 25, 2008.

Salle B 112, Uni Bastions, Geneva.

The term character is used to refer to the distinctive features of a person or of a group and to the protagonists in a play or a novel.

In Ancient times, the brief and poignant essays called Characters, attributed to the peripatetic Theophrastus, depicted the psychological and moral attitudes of various human types, and their pride, ambition, vanity, fear, generosity, stupidity, hastiness, malice, avarice, shamelessness, etc In Theophrastus portraits, virtues and vices include what we would call today emotions, dispositions, and the behavior they imply. The character sketch became a fashionable genre in the 17th century among English and French writers, such as Bishop Joseph Hall (Characters of Virtues and Vices, 1608), and Jean La Bruyre (who added to his 1688 translation of Theophrastus Characters sketches of contemporary manners).
David Hume, whose arguments are still seminal for contemporary ethical theories, considered that the characters and actions of human beings varied immensely, and that these differences were increased by education and habits. Character and manners was an important issue all through the 18th century both in philosophy and in literature, witnessing the permeability between fiction and reality. In all times, all major writers, who deal with emotions and human actions, cannot but be deeply concerned with the temperament and personality of the characters in their novels.

Literary criticism in the last half a century has moved away from what were once central questions about character and characters. But, challenged by analytical philosophy, by works in psychology on the fragmentation and lack of character, as well as by other interdisciplinary perspectives, it is now returning to such questions. What can the representation of characters tell us about ethical dilemmas and problems?
What is the relation between art and life, reality and fictional worlds?
What are the differences between characters and character in the theater, film and the novel? What can art tell us about the relations between character, personality, temperament and the emotions?

This colloquium, organized by the Affective Sciences research team on Aesthetic Emotions, is addressed to philosophers, art historians, film and theatre critics and literary scholars.

April 25, 2008 Salle B 112, Uni Bastions, Geneva.

09.15 09.30
Introduction: Patrizia Lombardo (Universit de Genve)

09.30 10.40
Greg Currie (University of Nottingham):
Character and narrative

10.40 11.50
Jacqueline Lichtenstein (Universit Paris 4 - Sorbonne):
This is the one

11.50 13.00
Peter Goldie (The University of Manchester):
Cosi Fan Tutte and Deception: Don Alfonso as a Social Psychologist


14.15 15.25
David Konstan (Brown University, Providence):
Character and the Training of Emotions

15.30 16.40
Anne Reboul (CNRS, Lyon):
Harpagon and Shylock: character vs person, the hunt for happiness, and the emotional rationality of ends and means

16.40 17.00

17.00 18.10
Kevin Mulligan (Universit de Genve):
Personality versus character

18.10 18.30
Concluding Discussion

Respondents: Pascal Engel, Tom Cochrane, Julien Deonna, Claudine Tiercelin, Otto Bruun

Patrizia Lombardo (
Thomas Cochrane (

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PersonName: Patrizia Lombardo 
Funktion: Kontakt 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik
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