Philosophy of Emotions

Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status

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The course offers an introduction to some central issues in the philosophy of emotions. Topics we discuss will include: kinds of emotion, the classification of the phenomena; the nature of emotions: the question of whether they have a cognitive or sensory nature; the physiological basis of emotions; the issue of whether emotions can be appropriate or inappropriate; the relationship between emotions and rationality; the question of whether we can change our emotions; the moral significance of emotions.     

  • for both Audit and Grade, students will be asked to enter comments on the readings in Perusall  
  • for Grade, students will be asked to write and present a short (500 word) answer to a question related to a reading during the term, and to develop a longer answer or essay (1500 words) by the end of the term.