Thinking sadly: In favor of an adverbial theory of emotions

Philosophical Psychology 29 (6):799-812 (2016)

Anja Berninger
Universität Stuttgart
Introspective as well as empirical evidence indicates that emotions shape our thinking in numerous ways. Yet, this modificatory aspect of emotions has received relatively little interest in the philosophy of emotion. I give a detailed account of this aspect. Drawing both on the work of William James and adverbialist conceptions of perception, I sketch a theory of emotions that takes these aspects into consideration and suggest that we should understand emotions as manners of thinking.
Keywords Adverbialism  Emotion and Cognition  Stream of Thought
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2016.1159294
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