Source: (2008) European Journal of Social Theory. 11(3):283-297.

The articles collected here all share a concern with investigating the emotional foundations required to establish stable liberal democracies in the face of past conflicts and social divisions that systematically denied or destroyed liberal values of political equality and individual liberty. This broad concern with the emotional foundations of political order has a long history in Western philosophy, stretching back to Plato’s claim that the just city is based on an education that carefully calibrates its citizens’ anger (thymos) and extinguishes their sense of tragic grief or compassion (eleos). Plato’s political philosophy understood the regulation of the emotions as central to the bios politikos (not the bios theoretikos), and conceived political questions of justice and order as inseparable from the normative evaluation of specific emotions. (excerpt)