© 1992

The Emotions

A Philosophical Theory


Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 53)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xvii-xvii
    2. O. H. Green
      Pages 1-12
  3. The Intentionality of Emotions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. O. H. Green
      Pages 15-29
    3. O. H. Green
      Pages 31-41
    4. O. H. Green
      Pages 43-60
    5. O. H. Green
      Pages 61-76
    6. O. H. Green
      Pages 77-106
  4. The Economy of Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. O. H. Green
      Pages 109-128
    3. O. H. Green
      Pages 129-148
  5. Dimensions of Emotions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. O. H. Green
      Pages 151-169
    3. O. H. Green
      Pages 171-189
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-206

About this book


Philosophical theories of emotions, and to an extent some theories of scientific psychology, represent attempts to capture the essence of emotions basically as they are conceived in common sense psychology. Although there are problems, the success of explanations of our behavior in terms of believes, desires and emotions creates a presumption that, at some level of abstraction, they reflect important elements in our psychological nature. It is incumbent on a theory of emotions to provide an account of two salient facts about emotions as conceived in common sense psychology. As intentional states, emotions have representational and rational properties: emotions represent states of affairs; and they are rationally related to other mental representations, figure in rational explanations of behavior, and are open to rational assessment. Emotions also have a close relationship to a range of non-intentional phenomena: in typical cases, emotions involve physiological changes, usually associated with the activation of the autonomic nervous system, which are proprioceptively experienced; and they often involve behavioral tendencies, as well.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyTulane UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Emotions
  • Book Subtitle A Philosophical Theory
  • Authors O.H Green
  • Series Title Philosophical Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-1549-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5126-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-2552-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 203
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Mind
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