chapter  2
Owned Emotions
Affective excellence in Heidegger on Aristotle
WithKatherine Withy
Pages 16

Most interpretations of Heidegger's account of authenticity or ownedness follow Heidegger in focusing on owned understanding: they explain what it is to take up a practical identity ownedly. Yet Heidegger barely mentions moods in his Division Two account of ownedness. Heidegger's reading, however, starts from the question of praise and blame and keeps it separate from the question of choice. Heidegger's driving intuition is that habits, tendencies and settled dispositions are opposed to human excellence. Given that Heidegger's reading of Aristotle's ethics heavily influenced both his account of ownedness and his understanding of affectivity, working out how Heidegger understands Aristotle's affective excellence is a way of working out what it would be to be ownedly finding. Heidegger mentions in SZ that the public has its own moods, which the orator manipulates, and he discusses affective excellence in BCArP in order to support his interpretation of Aristotle's Rhetoric.