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Emotion: An introductory picture
What is emotion? This unit takes a philosophical approach to this question in an...
What is emotion? This unit takes a philosophical approach to this question in an attempt to understand why people respond to events in a certain way. Is there a difference between an emotion and a bodily feeling or is one a consequence of the other?
By the end of this free course you should:
- be able to discuss basic philosopohical questions concerning the nature of emotions;
- be able to discuss some of the philosophical literature on this subject by William James;
- have enhanced your ability to understand problems concerning the nature of emotions and to discuss them in a philosophical way.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Introduction: a picture of emotion
- 2 The ‘What is…?’ question
- 3 Emotions as bodily feelings
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Emotion: An introductory picture
This unit investigates certain philosophical questions concerning the nature of emotions.
This free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course AA308 Thought and experience: themes in the philosophy of mind, which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Philosophy courses or view the range of currently available OU Philosophy courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 23rd June 2011
Last updated on: Thursday, 20th February 2014
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