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Emotions and Feelings

Peter Goldie

in The Emotions

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253043
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597510 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199253048.003.0003
Emotions and Feelings

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The ‘Mr Spock’ complaint shows that beliefs and desires are not sufficient for emotional experience. One way of dealing with this complaint is to explain the intentionality of emotional experience in terms of beliefs and desires, and then add on feelings as non‐intentional—the add‐on theory. Instead, the book argues for the intentionality of feelings: feelings towards the object of the emotion; and bodily feelings. Feelings towards enable one to explain the cognitive impenetrability of some of our emotional responses.

Keywords: belief; bodily feeling; desire; emotion; emotional experience; feeling; intentionality; Mr Spock

Chapter.  15386 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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