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In Pursuit of Emotional Modes: The Philosophy of Emotion after James’.

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)
Author Teroni Fabrice,
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Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)

Book Thinking about the Emotions: A Philosophical History
Editor , Cohen Alix; , Stern Robert
Publisher Oxford University Press, New York
Page(s) 291 - 310
ISBN 9780198766858
Title of proceedings Thinking about the Emotions: A Philosophical History


This chapter focuses on fundamental trends in the philosophy of emotion since the publication of William James’ seminal and contentious view. James is famous for his claim that undergoing an emotion comes down to feeling (psychological mode) specific changes within the body (content). Philosophers writing after him have also attempted to analyse emotional modes in terms of other psychological modes (believing, desiring, and perceiving) and to adjust their contents accordingly. The discussion is organized around a series of contrasts that have played fundamental roles in shaping these approaches to the emotions. These contrasts are those between emotions and feelings, between specific and unspecific phenomenology, and between dependent and independent modes. Focus on these contrasts enables a review of some dramatic turning points in the recent history of theorizing about the emotions; it also serves to bring to light fundamental constraints bearing on emotion theory.