What Emotions Are, and Their Place in Psychological Explanation

Peter Goldie

in The Emotions

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253043
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597510 | DOI:
What Emotions Are, and Their Place in Psychological Explanation

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Emotions and emotional episodes are distinguished. Emotions are intentional, but this intentionality cannot be fully captured in terms of feelingless beliefs and desires. The idea of feeling towards the object of the emotion is introduced as an antidote to this over‐intellectualization: emotions are intentional, but also essentially involve feelings. Emotions can be educated. They involve a conceptual tie between recognition and response: the recognition‐response tie. Commonsense psychological explanation of emotion and of action out of emotion are discussed.

Keywords: action out of emotion; belief; commonsense psychology; desire; emotion; feeling; intentionality

Chapter.  17513 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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