Topics in Philosophy of Mind: Philosophy of Emotions
- 2011-02-16 - 2011-04-13
- Wed. 11-14h
- Room 410, Fac de Filosofia UB
Description of content and aim
The course will offer an introduction to the contemporary debate on the nature of emotions. Though the main focus will be philosophical, important contributions to the subject from psychology and neuroscience will also be taken into account. Some of the most influential contemporary accounts of emotion will be examined, including the James-Lange theory, the cognitivist theories, the evolutive approach and the constructivist approach. Topics disccused will include the nature of emotions, the objectivity of emotions, the rationality of emotions, cross-culturality of emotions and the role of emotions in moral and the arts, among others.
The professor will spend the opening sessions of the course offering a survey of the main philosophical views on emotions. The following sessions will be devoted to the discussion of an article from a list provided by the professor. Every student will present at least one of these readings
To obtain a mark the student should make a presentation, contribute to the
discussion and deliver an original essay on one of the topics dicussed
during the course.
Damasio, A.: Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain.
London: Penguin Books, 1994 (trad. castellana, editorial Crítica).
De Sousa, Ronald: The Rationality of Emotion. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1987.
Griffiths, P.: What Emotions Really Are. Chicago. Chicago University Press, 1997.
Panksepp, J: Affective Neuroscience. The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Prinz, Jesse: Gut Reactions. A Perceptual Theory of Emotion. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Solomon, R. (ed.): What is an Emotion? Classic and Contemporary Readings. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Solomon, R. (ed.): Thinking about Feeling. Contemporary Philosophers on Emotions. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.