Academic year
2009/2010
Teacher
David Pineda
Department
Department of Philosophy
University
Universitat de Girona
Itinerary
Itinerary 2 Practical Philosophy
Module
Module 6. Theories of Rationality
Code
566162
Credits
5
Language
English
Dates
2010-02-17 - 2010-04-14
Schedule
wed 11:00-14:00
Location
Room 410 Facultat de Filosofia UB

Description

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.

 

Metodology

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

 

Evaluation

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.

 

Bibliography

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.