Nature of Emotions 9 9 09

Nature of Emotions 9 9 09 - Nature of Emotions 9 9 09 The...

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Nature of Emotions 9 9 09 The essentiality problem: which elements are essential to Contingent concomitants vs necessary elements Contingent concomitants are these elements that are often associated with emotions, but that are not necessary for emotions to happen o i.e. emotions can happen without them (an. Birthday can happen w/o cake) Are judgments, or body changes, or affects necessary? Necessary condition vs. essential elements Some elements may be necessary for emotions to happen, but they are not essential elements of the emotions. o Emotions are not emotions by virtue of these necessary conditions. It is necessary for water to boil at 100 degrees C, but this property is not what makes water water. (h2o molecules are what makes water water) One theory Judgment = necessary condition; Affect = essential The Main distinction Affect theories: affects are the essential element of emotions Cognitivist theories: Judgments are the essential element of emotions What about atypical examples? A theory about the essential element of emotion must be applicable to all emotions,
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