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New PDF release: Embodied Emotions: A Naturalist Approach to a Normative

By Rebekka Hufendiek

ISBN-10: 1138100250

ISBN-13: 9781138100251

In this ebook, Rebekka Hufendiek explores feelings as embodied, action-oriented representations, offering a non-cognitivist conception of feelings that debts for his or her normative dimensions. Embodied Emotions focuses not just at the physically reactions fascinated about feelings, but additionally at the surroundings during which feelings are embedded and at the social personality of this surroundings, its ontological structure, and how it scaffolds either the improvement of specific emotion varieties and the unfolding of person emotional episodes. moreover, it offers a severe assessment and appraisal of present empirical reviews, normally in psychophysiology and developmental psychology, that are relevant to discussions approximately even if feelings are embodied in addition to socially embedded. the idea that Hufendiek places ahead denies the excellence among simple and better cognitive feelings: all feelings are embodied, action-oriented representations. This process can account for the advanced normative constitution of feelings, and stocks some great benefits of cognitivist debts of feelings with no sharing their difficulties. Embodied feelings makes an unique contribution to ongoing debates at the normative facets of feelings and may be of curiosity to philosophers engaged on feelings, embodied cognition and positioned cognition, in addition to neuroscientists or psychologists who learn feelings and have an interest in putting their very own paintings inside of a broader theoretical framework.

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There are of course good reasons not to be a cognitivist. I discuss the most common objections against cognitivist theories later. Yet I take the attention to the normative dimension of emotions to be the greatest strength of cognitivism, and consequently the biggest challenge to current noncognitivist theories is to come up with an account of the normative structure of emotions in noncognitivist terms. 2. SEMANTIC NORMS Probably the most prominent objection against William James and the “feeling theory” of emotions is that the approach to emotions as feelings of bodily arousal denies the directedness of emotions toward the world, or their intentionality.

I argue that while traditional cognitivist approaches have a natural explanation for the normative structure of emotions, noncognitivist and embodied approaches fail to explain the normative structure of emotions. The normative challenge is to account for this normative structure in the context of a noncognitivist approach. In Chapter 2, I introduce the famous Jamesian claim that emotions essentially entail patterns of bodily arousal and the objections that cognitivists have raised against that claim.

RATIONAL NORMS We have seen that the commitment to semantic norms allows for a partial explanation of the normative assessability of emotions. When we say, “It is really inappropriate to be afraid of that little spider, it is not dangerous at all,” we are referring to semantic norms. Fear is inadequate because the formal object of fear is not instantiated by the particular spider in question. Many cognitivists further argue that emotional content can only be understood with regard to the rational connections among the emotion in question, other mental states, and other emotions.

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