Plato and Aristotle Essay

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Plato and Aristotle

Plato and Aristotle have two distinct views on wellness. However, each man’s opinion on wellness is directly tied in to his respective opinions on the idea of imitation as a form of knowledge. Their appreciation or lack thereof for tragedy is in fact directly correlated to their own perspective on wellness and emotion. Firstly, it is important to consider each man’s view of wellness—that is how does each man go about addressing emotional stability. One important consideration is the approach Plato takes in relation to Aristotle. It is this approach that we will see actually mirroring between how they treat emotional well-being and their tolerance for imitation.

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What becomes clear is not only his opinion that emotion need be repressed in the mind and suppressed from the page, but that this is because emotion gets in the way of true understanding. After all, to ask someone to “expunge” their emotions is to desire a way of thought that is pretty callous, if not simply heartless. The choice of words by Plato is reflective of his view—only he contends that emotions may be expunged or deleted out of situations, like words erased off a page. To ask for a deletion or an expungement—these are not words we think of when someone asks us to discuss our emotional state. People do not often ‘delete’ characteristics of their personality, and when talk about them doing so, we see someone who believes strongly in the idea of repression. Plato’s handling of wellness isn’t very well at all, but it isolates any semblance of emotion and ensures it is not to be found within scholarly work.

Aristotle, on the other hand, believes in a bit more emotional truth—being honest about how one feels and not repressing it. For Aristotle, emotions were to color life, and so too forms of expression, but with a moderation that reminds us he still the student of Plato’s. While he rejects his teacher’s ideology of staunch repression—suppressing emotion from academia at all costs, Aristotle takes a gentler approach. He advocates for a purging of pity and fear—a catharsis. The idea of catharsis should be a pressure release valve. While Aristotle will contend