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Emotions, Values, and Agency$
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Christine Tappolet

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696512.001.0001

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Emotion and Perception

Emotion and Perception

(p.1) 1 Emotion and Perception
Emotions, Values, and Agency

Christine Tappolet

Oxford University Press

The first chapter develops the Perceptual Theory of emotions by contrasting it with its main competitors, such as Judgmental Theories, according to which emotions are or involve evaluative or normative judgments. One central feature of the proposed theory is that it claims that emotions represent the world as being a certain way, but that their contents are non-conceptual. The chapter presents the arguments in favor of the Perceptual Theory. In particular, it spells out the many analogies between emotions and sensory perceptual experiences, such as phenomenal qualities or absence of direct control by the agent. The chapter ends with a discussion of the main objections to the Perceptual Theory, such as the objection that by contrast with sensory perceptions, emotions can be irrational.

Keywords:   Perceptual Theory, emotions, perception, recalcitrance, irrationality

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