Topics in the Philosophy of Mind (5 cr)
- 2013-02-19 - 2013-05-21
- Tue. 12-15
- Room 401, Fac. Filosofia (UB)
This course offers a survey and discussion of the extant
and more significative philosophical theories and approaches to
emotions. Topics discussed include: the objectivity of emotions, the
rationality of emotions, the intentionality of emotions, the role of
emotions in morality and art and whether there are basic emotions or
whether emotions are biologically determined or socially construed.
In the first three or four sessions the
professor will offer a general introduction to the theories and main
topics to be discussed in the course. The idea is to provide a general
background knowledge. The remaining sessions will be devoted to the
discussion of some relevant published papers suggested by the professor
at the beginning of the course.
Theories of emotion examined will include: cognitivist theories, jamesian
and neo-jamesian theories, evolutionary approaches (the affect program
theory), social constructionist views and the somatic marker hypothesis.
In the first three or four sessions the professor will
offer a general introduction to the theories and main topics to be
discussed in the course.
The remaining sessions will be devoted to the discussion of relevant
papers. Each paper will be presented by one or two students. Following the
presentation there will be a discussion of the paper in which all students
are required to take part.
Evaluation will take into account the student's presentation of one of the
papers and her/his participation in the discussion sessions, as well as a
paper of 3500 words about one of the topics of the course which the
student will have to write after the end of the sessions (the deadline
will be anounced by the professor).
Solomon, R. (ed.) (2004): Thinking about Feeling. Contemporary
Philosophers on Emotions. Oxford U. P.
· Goldie, P. (ed.) (2010): The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion.
Oxford University Press.
·Lazarus, Richard (1991): Emotion and Adaptation, Oxford U.P.
· Ekman, P. (2007): Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to
Improve Communication and Emotional Live. Henry Holt and Company.
· Harré, R. (ed): The Social Construction of the Emotions. Oxford U.P.
· Griffiths, Paul (1997): What Emotions Really Are. University of Chicago
· Prinz, Jesse (2004): Gut Reactions. A Perceptual Theory of Emotion.
· Solomon, R. (2003): Not Passion’s Slave. Oxford U.P.
· Damasio, A. (1994): Descartes' Error. Emotion, Reason and the Human