Feeling The Right Way: Normative influences on people’s use of emotion concepts

Diaz Martin, Rodrigo Jesús; Reuter, Kevin (2020). Feeling The Right Way: Normative influences on people’s use of emotion concepts. Mind & language Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/mila.12279

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It is generally assumed that emotion concepts merely encode descriptive information about agents’ psychological or bodily states. Recent investigations have challenged this assumption, claiming that the folk concept of happiness also includes information about the moral status of the agent’s life. In this paper, we argue and present new empirical results suggesting that the influence of normative considerations on emotion concepts is not restricted to happiness and is not about moral norms. According to our “Fittingness Model”, when people attribute emotions like happiness or fear, they not only look for certain psychological and bodily states, but also take into account whether these states fit the situation in which they are experienced. For example, being afraid would not only be about feeling agitated but feeling agitated about something dangerous. People consider that emotions are not just about feeling in certain ways, but also about feeling the right way.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Diaz Martin, Rodrigo Jesús and Reuter, Kevin

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
100 Philosophy > 170 Ethics

ISSN:

0268-1064

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rodrigo Jesús Diaz Martin

Date Deposited:

23 Jun 2020 09:21

Last Modified:

23 Jun 2020 09:21

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/mila.12279

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.141720

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/141720

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