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What is emotion? This free course, Emotion: An introductory picture, 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?
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- discuss basic philosophical questions concerning the nature of emotions
- discuss some of the philosophical literature on this subject by William James
- understand problems concerning the nature of emotions and discuss them in a philosophical way.
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- 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 course investigates certain philosophical questions concerning the nature of emotions.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 3 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts 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: Monday, 18th January 2016
Last updated on: Monday, 18th January 2016
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