The Emotions: A Philosophical Introduction

Teroni, Fabrice; Deonna, Julien (2012). The Emotions: A Philosophical Introduction. New York: Routledge

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The emotions are at the centre of our lives and, for better or worse, imbue them with much of their significance. The philosophical problems stirred up by the existence of the emotions, over which many great philosophers of the past have laboured, revolve around attempts to understand what this significance amounts to. Are emotions feelings, thoughts, or experiences? If they are experiences, what are they experiences of? Are emotions rational? In what sense do emotions give meaning to what surrounds us?

The Emotions: A Philosophical Introduction introduces and explores these questions in a clear and accessible way. The authors discuss the following key topics:

the diversity and unity of the emotions
the relations between emotion, belief and desire
the nature of values
the relations between emotions and perceptions
emotions viewed as evaluative attitudes
the link between emotions and evaluative knowledge
the nature of moods, sentiments, and character traits.

Including chapter summaries and guides to further reading, The Emotions: A Philosophical Introduction is an ideal starting point for any philosopher or student studying the emotions. It will also be of interest to those in related disciplines such as psychology and the social sciences.

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

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Teroni, Fabrice


100 Philosophy


978-0-415-61492-4 (hbk) / 978-0-415-61493-1 (pbk)






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