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Interpretationism

Craig Delancey

in Passionate Engines

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195142716
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833153 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195142713.003.0003
 Interpretationism

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Scientific evidence against cognitivism about emotions is conclusive, but is only convincing if one accepts a naturalist view of mind. Interpretationism is a leading kind of theory of mind, primarily associated with Donald Davidson and Daniel Dennett, which entails cognitivism about emotions but which is resistant to scientific evidence because it posits that mental states are not scientific entities. Using commonsense examples, I show that interpretationism cannot account for some emotional actions and therefore fails to account for basic emotions.

Keywords: cognitivism; Davidson; Dennett; emotions; emotional action; interpretationism; naturalism

Chapter.  9503 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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