Rational Emotion, Emotional Holism, True Love, and Charlie Chaplin

Journal of Philosophical Research 24:487-504 (1999)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This paper begins with an examination of Amelie Rorty’s claim that although “emotions cannot be rational in the narrow sense of being logically derived from accepted premises, they can be deemed rational... as ‘appropriately formed to serve our thriving.’” This is the background against which (i) I develop a notion of ‘emotional holism’ based on the aetiology of emotion in infantile phantasy; and (ii) introduce a dark corollary about the likelihood that our emotions do not, on the whole, match the myths we use to describe them to ourselves. The paper has five sections: (1) The Rationality of Kinds of Emotion and the Argument Against the Rationality of Particular Emotions; (2) Alternative Views of the Rationality of Emotions; (3) Is EmotionaI Behavior RationaI?; (4) Do Particular Emotions Generally Serve Our Thriving?; and (5) Are There Emotions Not Worth Having?: EmotionaI Holism and Manipulating One’s Emotional Repertoire.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,102

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Cognitive Emotions and Emotional Cognitions.Iris M. Yob - 1997 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 16 (1/2):43-57.
The conceptual framework for the investigation of emotions.P. M. S. Hacker - 2009 - In Ylva Gustafsson, Camilla Kronqvist & Michael McEachrane (eds.), Emotions and Understanding: Wittgensteinian Perspectives. Palgrave-Macmillan.
The conceptual framework for the investigation of the emotions.Peter M. S. Hacker - 2004 - International Review of Psychiatry 16 (3):199-208.
Emotions and rationality.Isabella Muzio - 2001 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 1 (2):135-145.
True emotions.Mikko Salmela - 2006 - Philosophical Quarterly 56 (224):382-405.
Emotion, Reason and Truth in Literature.Vendrell Ferran Íngrid - 2009 - Universitas Philosophica 26 (52):19-52.
Destructive emotions.O. Flanagan - 2000 - Consciousness and Emotion 1 (2):259-281.
The passionate scientist: Emotion in scientific cognition.Paul R. Thagard - 2002 - In Peter Carruthers, Stephen P. Stich & Michael Siegal (eds.), The Cognitive Basis of Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 235.


Added to PP

59 (#251,106)

6 months
6 (#252,172)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Michael P. Levine
University of Western Australia

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references