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Emotion: an introductory picture

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Emotion: an introductory picture

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?

Course learning outcomes

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.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 18/01/2016

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