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Nature of Emotions 9 16 09 Are emotional feelings really without content? All over the world, people associate emotional feelings with body changes This might be taken to show that like pain, hunger,, and thirst, emotions represent specific conditions of the body. Is it introspectively true that emotional feelings are not reported to our body? o Ex. Lust What are these feelings? Descartes has very little to say about the nature of our feelings o What distinguishes the feelings of distinct emotions? Hume: feelings of Valence o Valence: pleasurable vs. painful, positive or negative o Emotions are types of pleasure or pain Emotion Individuation Descartes appeals to other mental states, including volitions, and to the causes when he individuates a specific emotion. o Individuate: distinguishing specific emotions Conclusion What a feeling theory should explain o Requirements: 4 Descartes’ theory o Passive mental states caused by the body that are endowed with a specific
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