Nature of Emotions 10 5 09

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Nature of Emotions 10 5 09 Assent: to take the content of an impression as true Impulse Analogous to assent – except that they are desires toward objects, instead of judgments (assents) Impulse and reason No impulse toward x, unless one assents to the impression Impulses are always acts of reason Freedom of reason Impressions do not constrain my assents not my impulses They are not produced by an irrational part of the soul, which could bend the rational part of the soul If my reason is strong, I can avoid all errors and all wrong choices Emotions = mistaken impulses Appetite: something looks good, and I agree it is good Fear: spider; impression of something that appears bad Emotions are only what only seem good and bad Example: Nussbaum 279-280 “My mother has died. It strikes me; it appears to me, that a person of enormous value, who is central to my life, is no longer there… the appearance is propositional: it combines the thought of importance with the thought of loss; its
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2012 for the course HPS 0625 taught by Professor Macheray during the Fall '09 term at Pittsburgh.

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