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The Retreat of ReasonA dilemma in the philosophy of life$
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Ingmar Persson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276900.001.0001

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THE CONCEPT OF EMOTION

THE CONCEPT OF EMOTION

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(p.61) 5 THE CONCEPT OF EMOTION
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The Retreat of Reason
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199276900.003.0006

This chapter defines an emotion as a normally felt pattern of bodily changes which is caused by a belief. The belief should not be conceived as evaluative, since that would rule out a definition of evaluation by reference to emotion. In the case of some, but not all kinds of emotion, this pattern includes the acquisition of some desire. The most important point for the present book is that emotions — in contrast, e.g., to moods —involve a belief for this ensures that there can be reasons for having emotions, that they can be assessed in terms of rationality.

Keywords:   desire, emotion, evaluation, rationality, reasons

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