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Unformatted text preview: To argue against James theory, one can point out that there are a plethora of emotions that do not have notable bodily changes associated with them. Because of this, his theory cannot be used universally to look at emotions. Walter Cannon developed two main arguments against James theory; the lack of specificity argument and the time course of body changes argument. Cannons objections show physiological evidence that goes against James feeling theory. To take James side of the argument, he clearly states that his theory doesnt apply to all emotions and he doesnt bother to give an explanation or claim to know anything about these other emotions. The theories of James and Descartes agree on some concepts as well. Both theories say that emotions are essentially conscious feelings, and both assimilate emotions to perceptions....
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- Fall '09