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Emotion: An introductory picture

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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.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Monday 18th January 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Philosophy
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Emotion: An introductory picture


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This course investigates certain philosophical questions concerning the nature of emotions.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 3 study in Arts and Humanities [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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