Against Valence (“Positive” and “Negative” Emotions) (2001)

Robert C. Solomon

in Not Passion's Slave

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195145496
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833726 | DOI:
 Against Valence (“Positive” and “Negative” Emotions) (2001)

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I argue against the common idea that emotions can be defined in terms of their valence, as positive and negative affects. I argue that the polarity is simple‐minded and refers to many different contrasts. I also argue against the idea of emotion opposites (e.g. love and hate), as similarly simpleminded and based on the same oversimplification.

Keywords: appraisal; emotional opposites; negative affect; pain; pleasure; positive affect; valence

Chapter.  8286 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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