The Modularity of Emotions

University of Calgary Press (2008)
Authors
Christine Tappolet
Université de Montréal
Luc Faucher
Université du Québec à Montreal
Abstract
Can emotions be rational or are they necessarily irrational? Are emotions universally shared states? Or are they socio-cultural constructions? Are emotions perceptions of some kind? Since the publication of Jerry Fodor’s The Modularity of Mind (1983), a new question about the philosophy of emotions has emerged: are emotions modular? A positive answer to this question would mean, minimally, that emotions are cognitive capacities that can be explained in terms of mental components that are functionally dissociable from other parts of the mind. But depending on the kind of modules that are considered, be they Chomskyan, Fodorian, Darwinian, or some other kind, the answer to this question might well be different. The twelve new essays in this volume address the question of whether emotions, or at least some of them, are, in some sense of the word, modules, and explore how this could potentially influence our understanding of emotional phenomena.
Keywords Emotions (Philosophy  Modularity (Psychology
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Call number B105.E46.M63 2008
ISBN(s) 0919491324   9780919491328
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