Emoting for Fictions

Craig Delancey

in Passionate Engines

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195142716
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833153 | DOI:
 Emoting for Fictions

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The fact that we emote for fictions is incompatible with some cognitivist views of emotions and has therefore received a great deal of attention and been called the paradox of emotion and fiction. I show how the affect program theory offers an explanation of how and why we emote for fictions. Central to this approach, is the idea that the entertainment of content is prior to and more basic than the consideration of whether a content is warranted.

Keywords: content; emotion; fiction; paradox of emotion and fiction; warrant

Chapter.  8005 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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