Nature of Emotions 9 28 09

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Nature of Emotions 9 28 09 Explanations by means of Emotion (Ryle) Emotions explain behavior o Vanity explains Mary’s boasting (dispositional explanation: no event caused this) o Anger explains John’s screaming “… The motives by which people’s higher-level behavior is explained.” o Behavior explained by beliefs (going to church), desires, and emotions. ^ Two explanations o Causal explanation An event causes another event “The blue ball started moving because the red ball pushed it” Need to see evidence of this o Dispositional explanation An event happens to something because it is disposed to undergo such events Summary of a generalization The glass broke because it’s fragile In general, glasses break when they fall on the floor. That glass fell on the floor, thus that glass broke. Need to elude to similar evidence to support explanation o Emotional explanations are dispositional explanations Because the evidence for an emotional explanation is similar to the
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