A perceptual theory of moods

Synthese:1-29 (forthcoming)

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Mauro Rossi
Université du Québec à Montréal
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The goal of this paper is to offer a new theory of moods, according to which moods are perceptual experiences that represent undetermined objects as possessing specific evaluative properties. I start by listing a series of features that moods are typically taken to possess and claim that a satisfactory theory of moods must be able either to explain why moods genuinely possess these features or to explain these appearances away in a non-ad hoc way. I show that my account provides a plausible explanation of all the main features of moods. I conclude by addressing some objections against my account.
Keywords Moods  Emotions  Perceptual experiences  Undetermined objects  Evaluative properties  Christine Tappolet
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-019-02513-1
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