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An Anatomy of Emotion

David Pugmire

in Sound Sentiments

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276899
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602689 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276897.003.0002
An Anatomy of Emotion

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Emotions can involve various levels of thought about the objects that attract them. They also involve (at least a disposition to) aroused feeling—affective response to perceived affective qualities. This registers in the fullest immediate way the value found in an emotion’s object. Indeed, certain values cannot be understood or acknowledged by creatures who lack the appropriate affective capacities. Because of the worth that emotions variously find and give, there are sorts of worth they themselves come to be given. This can rebound on emotional responses themselves, giving them or denying them, now at a third level, distinctive kinds of worth.

Keywords: Euthyphro; feeling; mental health; Middlemarch; object; relativism; television; thought; valuation; via negativa

Chapter.  8323 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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