Expression of Emotion

Peter Goldie

in The Emotions

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253043
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597510 | DOI:
Expression of Emotion

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Expressions of emotion are part of the narrative structure of an emotional episode. They are in the grey area between action and mere bodily changes. Asks whether expressions of emotion can be given a commonsense psychological explanation in terms of reasons from the personal perspective, or whether the explanation has to be in merely causal terms. It is argued that some expressions of emotion are actions and some are not. Some, amongst those that are actions, can best be explained by appeal to imagination and a wish. Some, amongst those that are not actions, are facial expressions.

Keywords: action; bodily changes; emotion; emotional episode; explanation of expression; expression; facial expression; imagination; narrative structure; wish

Chapter.  7892 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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