Nature of Emotions 9 14 09

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Nature of Emotions 9 14 09 Descrates (1596-1650) The world is made of two substances : Dualism Spirit/soul Matter Dualism vs. monism or materialism (only believe in matter) To have a soul is to be able to think. Descartes called emotions “passions” Terminological problems “emotions” is used by Descartes to refer to any intense brain state, including passions and volitions (i.e. acts of will) “passion” is used by Descartes with two different meanings Passive mental states What we call emotions m Classifications of mental states: actions vs passions Actions of the soul: products of our will o Volitions (art 17) o Perceptions of one’s volitions (art 19) o Perceptions that are caused intentionally (imaginations and “abstract” ideas) (art 20) Passions of the soul: products of the action of the body on our soul (via the pineal gland) o Perceptions of physical objects (art 23) o Perceptions of body states. Pain, hunger (art 24) o Passions proper (art 25)
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