Nature of emotions 11 2 09

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Nature of emotions 11 2 09 Are emotions a natural kind? The problem: essentiality problem o Find out what elements are essential to emotions in general Distinguish the essential from the contingent and merely necessary elements o Griffith: feeling theory – introspective experience cognitive theory – desires and beliefs hybrid theory – a number of elements, one of which may be introspective o What is common to all theories They are committed to the idea that there is a single theory that can accommodate all our emotions Ex. Nussbaum’s theory says that all emotions are essentially judgments A natural move o Why would we believe that a single theory can apply to all our emotions? Couldn’t it be that some emotions are essentially (or essentially involve) feelings, while others are essentially (or essentially involve) judgments, etc.? Plausible: emotions are diverse Natural Kinds o Roughly, a natural kind is a class of objects that possesses two main characteristics The members of this class are such that one can discover that they have many properties in common There is a common cause that explains why members possess these
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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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