Fall for 2017-2018
In this course we take up historical and contemporary conceptions of emotions. We begin with Aristotelian and Stoic notions of a cognitivist account of emotions, continue with readings by John Deigh, Robert Solomon, Robert Roberts, Martha Nussbaum, among others, on contemporary views of cognitivism. We then explore attacks on this view by Jesse Prinz and historical accounts of William James and others that overlap with Prinz’s account. We continue with specific emotions, and historical and contemporary readings on them. Among the emotions we take up are empathy, respect, grief, hope, and self-forgiveness. If time allows, we devote some consideration to Kantian accounts of emotions, with emphasis on Paul Guyer’s views.
Prerequisites: Non-philosophy graduate students are allowed with permission of instructor.
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