The Case Against Cognitivism

Craig Delancey

in Passionate Engines

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195142716
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833153 | DOI:
 The Case Against Cognitivism

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Cognitive theories of emotions are criticized. Cognitivism is shown to have two forms: reductive and doxastic. Each is found inconsistent with a range of important scientific findings about affects. The affect program theory is consistent with these findings, and is consistent with a weak form of cognitivism. The failure of cognitivism about emotions is also evidence for the hierarchical view of mind.

Keywords: affect program theory; cognitivism; doxastic cognitivism; emotions; mind; reductive cognitivism; weak cognitivism

Chapter.  8492 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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