Philosophical research in the emotions is now extremely active and productive. It is now a familiar point that only a relatively short while ago philosophical interest in the emotions was really quite sparse; a browse through a typical handbook of philosophy of mind in the 1960s might well reveal little or nothing in the index under ‘emotion’, let alone anything so grand as an entry on its own. There are, on the one hand, those theories that owe their ancestry to the work of William James, arguing that emotions are bodily feelings or perceptions of bodily feelings; and, on the other hand, those theories that owe their ancestry to Aristotle and the Stoics, arguing that emotions are cognitive, world-directed intentional states. Other philosophers have argued that, whilst there are analogies to be drawn between emotion and other kinds of mental state, emotions are, at bottom, sui generis.
Keywords: emotions; philosophical research; philosophy of mind; William James; bodily feelings; intentional states; mental state
Article. 5601 words.
Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind
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