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Emotion, Motivation, and Action: The Case of Fear

Christine Tappolet

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199235018
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235018.003.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Emotion, Motivation, and Action: The Case of Fear

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This article starts with some general points about fear. After that, it spells out and discusses the thesis of motivational modularity. However, even though that thesis is plausible in cases of non-human fear, this is not so for human fear. This is why the article turns to the claim that fear comes with some specific desire instead. The last section discusses the thesis of motivational egoism. It argues that when we experience fear for someone else, the motivation involved is exactly as altruistic as when we feel compassion for that person.

Keywords: emotion; motivation; action; motivational modularity; human fear; motivational egoism

Article.  10446 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind ; Moral Philosophy

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