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THE CONCEPT OF EMOTION

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276900.003.0006
 							THE CONCEPT OF EMOTION

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This chapter defines an emotion as a normally felt pattern of bodily changes which is caused by a belief. The belief should not be conceived as evaluative, since that would rule out a definition of evaluation by reference to emotion. In the case of some, but not all kinds of emotion, this pattern includes the acquisition of some desire. The most important point for the present book is that emotions — in contrast, e.g., to moods —involve a belief for this ensures that there can be reasons for having emotions, that they can be assessed in terms of rationality.

Keywords: desire; emotion; evaluation; rationality; reasons

Chapter.  10385 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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