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In Pursuit of Emotional Modes: The Philosophy of Emotion After James

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Author Teroni Fabrice,
Project Sensing as Activity: Its Impact on the Structure of Perceptual and Emotional Experience
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Thinking About the Emotions: A Philosophical History
Editor , Cohen A.; , Stern B.
Publisher Oxford University Press, Oxford
Page(s) 291 - 313
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.