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Emily Katz Anhalt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300217377

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300217377.001.0001

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Cultivating Rational Thought (Iliad 9)

Cultivating Rational Thought (Iliad 9)

(p.51) 3 Cultivating Rational Thought (Iliad 9)

Emily Katz Anhalt

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how the Iliad promotes rational thought and continuously evokes the audience's capacity for critical moral judgment. It explains how the Iliad prompts the audience to consider the costs of Achilles' rage and the irrationality of his desire to be honored by the very people he is failing to protect. As Achilles' rage pursues its destructive path, the Iliad overtly calls attention to the capacity of stories to develop the audience's aptitude for logic and critical thought. Numerous stories throughout the epic encourage logical reasoning and critical judgment by offering models to emulate or avoid. The chapter also discusses Achilles' conviction that success in warfare is the highest form of human achievement and worthy of the highest honor.

Keywords:   rational thought, moral judgment, Iliad, Achilles, rage, irrationality, logic, logical reasoning, critical judgment, honor

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