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The emotions occupy a central place in human life. At the same time, they present deep philosophical problems that have preoccupied philosophers such as Aristotle, David Hume and William James. Are emotions feelings, thoughts, or experiences? If they are experiences, what are they experiences of? Are emotions rational? Is there a science of the emotions? The Emotions: A Philosophical Introductionintroduces and explores these questions and more in a clear and accessible way. The authors discuss the following key topics: The diversity and unity of the emotions Emotion, belief and desire Emotions as value judgments Perceptual theories of the emotions The attitudinal theory of the emotions Emotions and their justification The nature and role of affective explanations. Including chapter summaries and guides to further reading, The Emotions: A Philosophical Introductionis an ideal starting point for any philosopher or student studying the emotions. It will also be of interest to those in related disciplines such as psychology and political theory.
Julien A. Deonna is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and at the Swiss Centre tor Research in the Affective Sciences, his works on theories of emotions and moral psychology. Ho is co-author of In Defense of Shame (2011). Fabrice Teroni is postdoctoral Assistant at the Philosophy Department at Bern University, Switzerland, and Senior Researcher at the Swiss Centre for Research in the Affective Sciences. He works on theories of emotions and memory. He is co-author of In Defense of Shame (2011).
Table of Contents
|Homing in on the emotions||p. 1|
|Emotions within the affective domain||p. 7|
|Questions and further readings||p. 12|
|The diversity and unity of emotions||p. 14|
|Positive and negative emotions||p. 14|
|Conscious and unconscious emotions||p. 16|
|Other distinctions||p. 18|
|Basic emotions||p. 18|
|Emotions: unity or diversity?||p. 20|
|Unity regained||p. 24|
|Questions and further readings||p. 27|
|Emotions, beliefs, and desires||p. 28|
|Emotions and beliefs||p. 28|
|The mixed theory||p. 29|
|The desire satisfaction/frustration approach||p. 33|
|Questions and further readings||p. 39|
|Introducing values||p. 40|
|Emotions and values||p. 40|
|Subjectivism about values||p. 42|
|Fitting attitude analyses||p. 44|
|Forms of value realism||p. 49|
|Questions and further readings||p. 50|
|Emotions as value judgments||p. 52|
|The evaluative judgment theory||p. 52|
|The add-on strategy||p. 56|
|Emotions as constructions||p. 58|
|Questions and further readings||p. 61|
|Perceptual theories of the emotions||p. 63|
|James's theory||p. 63|
|Emotions as direct perceptions of values||p. 66|
|Emotions as indirect perceptions of values||p. 71|
|Questions and further readings||p. 75|
|The attitudinal theory of emotions||p. 76|
|Attitudes and contents||p. 76|
|Emotions as felt bodily attitudes||p. 78|
|Virtues of the theory||p. 82|
|Intentionality and phenomenology||p. 85|
|Questions and further readings||p. 89|
|Emotions and their justification||p. 91|
|Why-questions: perceptions vs. emotions||p. 92|
|Value judgments and value intuitions||p. 93|
|Back to why-questions||p. 95|
|Justified emotions||p. 96|
|Bridging the gaps||p. 98|
|Questions and further readings||p. 102|
|The nature and role of affective explanations||p. 104|
|Moods and temperaments||p. 105|
|Character traits and sentiments||p. 106|
|Limits on the negative epistemological role of motivational states||p. 112|
|A positive epistemological role for motivational states?||p. 113|
|Questions and further readings||p. 116|
|The importance of emotions||p. 118|
|From justified emotions to justified evaluative judgments||p. 118|
|Emotions and emotional sensitivity||p. 121|
|Emotions and understanding||p. 122|
|Questions and further readings||p. 124|
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