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Ruth Leys

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226488424

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226488738.001.0001

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

(p.1) Introduction Setting the Stage
The Ascent of Affect

Ruth Leys

University of Chicago Press

The conflict between cognitivists and non-cognitivists in the emotion field is briefly explored by examining recent publications by leading advocates of both positions. These publications suggest that today's research on the emotions is haunted by issues that go back well over fifty years. Those issues concern not only the nature of human emotions but the question of non-human animal emotion as well. Scientists and philosophers who favor a cognitive or intentionalist account of the emotions are said to have trouble accounting for non-human animal emotions; those who favor a non-cognitive or non-intentional account of the emotions are said to have difficulty in explaining the meaningful character of the emotions. The author intervenes in this dispute in order to show that an intentionalist or cognitivist account of the emotions can explain the behavior of many non-human animals as well.

Keywords:   affect programs, basic emotions, concepts, Craig DeLancey, Paul E. Griffiths, Alan J. Fridlund, Phil Hutchinson, intentionality, John McDowell

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