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The EmotionsA Philosophical Exploration$
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Peter Goldie

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253043

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199253048.001.0001

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What Emotions Are, and Their Place in Psychological Explanation

What Emotions Are, and Their Place in Psychological Explanation

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(p.11) 2 What Emotions Are, and Their Place in Psychological Explanation
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The Emotions
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DOI:10.1093/0199253048.003.0002

Emotions and emotional episodes are distinguished. Emotions are intentional, but this intentionality cannot be fully captured in terms of feelingless beliefs and desires. The idea of feeling towards the object of the emotion is introduced as an antidote to this over‐intellectualization: emotions are intentional, but also essentially involve feelings. Emotions can be educated. They involve a conceptual tie between recognition and response: the recognition‐response tie. Commonsense psychological explanation of emotion and of action out of emotion are discussed.

Keywords:   action out of emotion, belief, commonsense psychology, desire, emotion, feeling, intentionality

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