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Are Emotions Psychological Constructions?

Kurth, Charlie (2018) Are Emotions Psychological Constructions? In: UNSPECIFIED.


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According to psychological constructivism, emotions result from projecting folk emotion concepts onto felt affective episodes (e.g., Barrett 2017, LeDoux 2015, Russell 2004). Moreover, while constructivists acknowledge there’s a biological dimension to emotion, they deny that emotions are (or involve) affect programs. So they also deny that emotions are natural kinds. However, the essential role constructivism gives to felt experience and folk concepts leads to an account that’s extensionally inadequate and functionally inaccurate. Moreover, biologically-oriented proposals that reject these commitments are not similarly encumbered. Recognizing this has two implications: biological mechanisms are more central to emotion than constructivism allows, and the conclusion that emotions aren’t natural kinds is premature.

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Kurth, Charliecharles.kurth@wmich.edu0000-0002-2836-9163
Keywords: Emotion, Affect program, psychological construction, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Joseph LeDoux, Natural kind
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Charlie Kurth
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2018 21:58
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2018 21:58
Item ID: 15152
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Date: 13 October 2018

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