How We Think of Others' Emotions

Peter Goldie

in The Emotions

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253043
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597510 | DOI:
How We Think of Others' Emotions

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This chapter, in the context of the debate between simulation theory and theory theory, distinguishes various ways in which we can grasp someone else's emotion: contagion, empathy, putting yourself in someone else's shoes, sympathy, and understanding. It is argued that understanding cannot be explained by appeal to any of the other four notions. Contagion is a sort of emotional engagement; others, easily confused with empathy, are emotional sharing and emotional identification. Empathy involves centrally imagining the other person. Often neglected is the possibility of acentral imagining. Sympathy, unlike empathy, is a moral emotion.

Keywords: acentral imagining; central imagining; emotion; emotional contagion; emotional sharing; empathy; simulation; sympathy; theory theory

Chapter.  19271 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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