Distributive passions

The 3 distributive passions drive the arousal, combination, and alternation of the sensitive and affective passions. They are proper to human beings.

The cabalist and composite tend to arouse and sustain exaltation, but by opposite ways. Cabalist excitation is often a calculated intrigue, it is goal-driven, and it tends to make agreements based on identity. On the other hand composite enthusiasm is rather blind, it is stimulus-driven, and it tends to produce unions based on contrast.

Opposed to both is flitting, which can break this exaltation in order to produce a change.

The 3 distributive passions correspond to ways of thought. Cabalist is associated with arithmetic progression and sequential logic, composite with isomorphism and intuitive shortcuts, and flitting with alternations and breaks.

Fourier's favourite distributive passion is composite.

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