Describing the Forms of Emotional Colouring that Pervade Everyday Life

Roddy Cowie

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199235018
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Describing the Forms of Emotional Colouring that Pervade Everyday Life

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Understanding the nature of emotion is the kind of challenge that attracts people immediately. This article aims to highlight a challenge that has less instant appeal but which is none the less fascinating once it is accepted. Roughly speaking, the challenge is to develop good ways of describing what happens in the parts of people's lives where emotion in a broad sense plays a significant role. It is useful to have a name for the sum of those parts, and ‘emotional life’ seems appropriate. There is an abundance of material to draw on. The challenge is to organize it into an intellectually satisfying instrument.

Keywords: emotions; everyday life; forms of emotion; people's life; emotional life; inclusiveness

Article.  14312 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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