Explaining expressions of emotion
Author: Goldie, P.
Source: Mind, Volume 109, Number 433, January 2000 , pp. 25-38(14)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:The question is how to explain expressions of emotion. It is argued that not all expressions of emotion are open to the same sort of explanation. Those expressions which are actions can be explained, like other sorts of action, by reference to a belief and a desire; however, no genuine expression of emotion is done as a means to some further end. Certain expressions of emotion which are actions can also be given a deeper explanation as being expressive of a wish. Expressions of emotion which are not actions cannot be given a belief-desire explanation: no belief is involved, and a desire is involved only in an honorific sense of 'desire'. The distinction amongst expressions of emotion between those which are actions and those which are not is not a precise one, and the paper concludes with some speculative remarks about borderline cases such as jumping for joy.
Document Type: Original Article
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK
Publication date: January 2000
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