Profundity in Emotion

David Pugmire

in Sound Sentiments

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276899
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602689 | DOI:
Profundity in Emotion

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Deep emotion is more than strongly felt emotion. It depends on the satisfaction of four conditions: real belief (the cognitive basis of the emotion must be robust); integration into a larger fabric of experiences and concerns; truth (the world must accord with what the emotion seeks to make of it); and strength of feeling. The truth requirement means that emotional depth is not just a psychological property of emotion. In certain cultural ambiences, emotional depth might become unattainable.

Keywords: adequacy; Anne Frank; belief; Don Quixote; embeddedness; feeling; Homer; passion; pusillanimity; truth; us

Chapter.  21301 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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