Loyola University Chicago Different Types of Passions in Lifetime Essay


 the task is to explore how love can transform a specific negative passion into positive, active affects. 
2) Choice of passions and media: the passions and the media that you will work on are your choice. At first, limit your choice to one piece of media and one passion and how it is transformed into an active affect. For the passions, choose from Spinoza’s list below (reach out to me if you want to explore a passion, emotion, feeling or affect that is not included in the list). For the piece of media, this is totally up to you. I strongly advise you to choose a piece of media that you enjoy and a passion that is meaningful to you. This will maximize the quality of your work and will be more fulfilling, since you will apply the philosophy you are learning to things in your everyday life that matter to you. Ideally, you should choose the negative passion that you struggle with most, so this work also pushes you to think how to transform this passion into a positive, active affect. 
3) Sources: once you have chosen the piece of media and the passion(s) you will work with, it is time to identify initial questions that you may have about them. If you are interested in the media and the passions, you are curious about them and you already have questions—make sure you write down these initial questions and use them to guide your exploration. The next task is to review at least Plato’s Symposium and Spinoza’s Ethics. You can also use Aquinas’s Summa and Nietzsche’s Genealogy, but make sure to use at least Plato and Spinoza. How can these philosophies help you explore the transformation of the passion(s) you have chosen to work on? The more elements from Spinoza and Plato (and Aquinas and Nietzsche) you use in your exploration, the better. Make sure you use The Symposium to think the transformation of negative into positive passions through love, and Spinoza for nature and movements of our passions. No need to quote the sources, unless you are arguing on your own, and/or pushing them to state something they do not quite say. 
4) Method: structure your exploration by asking your own questions. This will lead you to uncover different, nuanced aspects of this transformation or catharsis. The more aspects of the passions and their transformations through love that you explore and question, the better. In attempting to answer your questions, you will move between the sources (Plato, Spinoza, etc.), the piece of media, and your own thinking and experience. 
5) Voices: some questions and answers that you have will be included in 1) the philosophical texts we are using as sources; 2) the piece of media that you chose; and 3) your own voice, your own thinking and experience. Your own voice is very important in this assignment. Think how, when you are enjoying the piece of media (listening to the song, watching the show, etc.) you were enraptured by the series of passions that was unfolding in front of you. This will allow you to identify how one passion follows another, how one passion is transformed into another, and how one moves from negative passions to active affects. Make sure that you distinguish the voices and that you develop your own voice while showing that your own personal questions and answers are built upon what you have learned from your philosophical sources and your piece of media. The more original questions of your own you are able to elaborate, the better. And the more you show how your own original questions are connected with the philosophical sources, the better.
6) Object: your exploratory questions should be about the passions themselves, not about reconstructing what happens within the piece of media. Make sure you do not limit your work to reconstructing what happens in the piece of media. The ultimate object of your work is the passions and how you experience them. Rely on your own experience to keep exploring. The more you experience the negative passion and how it transforms (or can transform) into a positive one, different aspects of these passions will lead you to other passions, which will push you to come back to the texts we have worked on to find more material to think through. The more you show connections between passions, the better.
7) Main aim and result: in exploring and allowing you to keep formulating new questions, you are formulating and solving aproblem. A problem is a structurally unified set of questions. While running through your different questions, you will eventually realize that all your questions can be gathered into one main theoretical question concerning the nature of the passions and one main practical question concerning how to turn the negative into positive.  The more you articulate your different questions into the unity of the problem, the better. 
7) Originality: this assignment is creative and personal. Do not use secondary-internet sources, but if you do, quote them. No ChatGPT. Check what constitutes cheating https://academics.lmu.edu/honesty/.
Spinoza’s passions
1. Desire (cupiditas)
2. Joy (laetitia)
3. Sorrow (tristitia)
> I strongly advise you to focus on a passion different from desire, joy, and sorrow. These three are the fundamental passions upon which the rest of passions are derived.
4. Wonder or admiration (admiratio)
5. Disdain or contempt (contemptus)
6. Love (amor)
7. Hate (odium)
8. Inclination (propensio)
9. Aversion (aversio)
10. Devotion (devotio)
11. Mockery (irrisio)
12. Hope (spes)
13. Fear (metus)
14. Confidence or safety (securitas)
15. Despair (desperatio)
16. Gladness (gaudium)
17. Remorse or grief, misfortune (conscientiæ morsus, lit. consciousness of something bitten off, lost)
18. Pity (commiseratio)
19. Favor (favor)
20. Indignation (indignatio)
21. Overestimation (existimatio)
22. Scorn or underestimation (despectus)
23. Envy (invidia)
24. Compassion (misericordia)
25. Self-steem (acquiescentia)
26. Humility (humilitas)
27. Repentance (penitentia)
28. Pride (superbia)
29. Despondency (abjectio)
30. Love of esteem or glory (gloria)
31. Shame (pudor)
32. Longing (desiderium)
33. Emulation (aemulatio)
34. Thankfulness or gratitude (gratia seu gratitudo)
35. Benevolence (benevolentia)
36. Anger (ira)
37. Vengeance (vindicta)
38. Cruelty or severity (crudelitas)
39. Timidity (timor)
40. Daring (audacia)
41. Cowardice (pusillanimitas)
42. Consternation (consternatio)
43. Kindness or gentleness, courtesy, modesty (humanitas seu modestia)
44. Ambition (ambitio)
45. Gluttony (luxuria)
46. Drunkenness (ebrietas)
47. Greed (avaritia)
48. Lust (libido)  
you can choose any of the Spinoza’s passions that he listed. However please note that the media I have chosen is the rapper Future’s album ‘I Never Liked You.’

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