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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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Where We Are Now

(p.351) Epilogue
The Ascent of Affect

Ruth Leys

University of Chicago Press

In 2015 some of the chief scientists in the long-standing dispute over the nature of the emotions -- Fridlund, Russell, Dacher Keltner and Daniel Cordaro (the last are followers of Ekman's Basic Emotions model) -- were invited by Andrea Scarantino, editor of Emotion Researcher, the Newsletter of the International Society for Research on the Emotions, to publish online statements concerning their respective views. In addition, Scarantino posed questions to these scientists and the statements and the exchanges that ensued were also posted online. If Scarantino hoped that the debate would generate a consensus about the nature of emotion he must have been disappointed, since no such consensus emerged. The Epilogue explains why this outcome was inevitable.

Keywords:   Daniel Cordaro, core affect, Alan J. Fridlund, Dacher Keltner, multicomponential responses, psychological constructionism, James A. Russell, Andrea Scarantino, solitary expressions

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