Scholastic Treatments of Maintaining One's Fama (Reputation/Good Name) and the Correction of Private 'Passions' for the Public Good and Public Legitimacy

Author: Coleman, Janet

Source: Cultural and Social History, 1 January 2005, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 23-48(26)


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This article deals with the relationship between an individual's passions and his public reputation or fama, as these were evaluated in specific public fora from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. In examining attitudes to heresy, heterodoxy and orthodoxy, the role of authoritative reason in the disciplining of unruly or harmful passions and an unchecked will provides some insight into contemporary attitudes to obedience, social conformity and the common good. The article attempts to highlight pre-modern attitudes to the community and its perspective on acceptable character formation and its legitimate, public display, without which the community was thought to be threatened if not destroyed.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: London School of Economics and Political Science

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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