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Getting Angry: The Jamesian Theory of Emotion in Anthropology (1984)

Robert C. Solomon

in Not Passion's Slave

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195145496
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833726 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195145496.003.0006
 Getting Angry: The Jamesian Theory of Emotion in Anthropology (1984)

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Anthropologists sometimes adopt a “Jamesian” view of emotions, following William James in taking emotions to be feelings based on unlearned physiological reactions. I argue, more in line with anthropologist Clifford Geertz, that emotions are cultural artifacts.

Keywords: anthropology; cultural artifact; emotions; Geertz; hydraulic theory; William James

Chapter.  7731 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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