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Emotions: An Essay in Aid of Moral Psychology by Robert C. Roberts

By Robert C. Roberts

Lifestyles is a chain of emotional states. yet what are feelings and why are they so very important to us? in a single of the main wide investigations of the sentiments ever released, Robert Roberts develops a singular notion of what feelings are after which applies it to a wide range of varieties of emotion and comparable phenomena. Aimed largely at philosophers and psychologists, this booklet will surely be obtainable to readers in different disciplines similar to faith and anthropology.

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For Stanislavski this means that they do not merely reproduce the facial and bodily movements and 17 18 19 Notes from the Underground, in The Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky, translated with an Introduction by David Magarshack (New York: Modern Library, no date), p. 122. See the author’s note at the beginning of the story. An Actor Prepares, translated E. R. Hapgood (New York: Routledge, 1948). I thank Sarah Borden and Lance Wilcox for alerting me to Stanislavski’s writings. 34 Studying Emotions vocal inflections that a character in a given emotional state would produce, but the actors themselves feel the emotions.

97, note). ” And what if emotions are occasioned by visual and other sensory imagery? Would this suggest, as Griffiths’s “on the other hand” seems to imply, that higher cognitive processing is not involved? Many paintings have a narrative background the understanding of which contributes significantly to their emotional impact. Might Griffiths say that such a narrative background, as contrasted with the supposedly lower cognitive mere sensory impression, cannot contribute to the autonomic arousal characteristic of the affect programs?

For his jealousy to be an affect program, “he would 14 Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain (New York: Avon Books, 1994). 24 Studying Emotions have had to catch Desdemona in bed with Cassio, or at least have seen the handkerchief, before his jealousy was initiated” (Griffiths, p. 117). As Griffiths says at the end of the book, “no one expects discoveries about the fear affect program to apply to responses to danger mediated by higher cognition” (p. 242), speaking presumably of someone who has been convinced by the argument of his book.

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