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  1. The Rationality of Emotion.Ronald DE SOUSA - 1987 - MIT Press.
    In this urbane and witty book, Ronald de Sousa disputes the widespread notion that reason and emotion are natural antagonists.
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  2. The Rationality of Emotion.Ronald de Sousa, Jing-Song Ma & Vincent Shen - 1987 - Philosophy and Culture 32 (10):35-66.
    How should we understand the emotional rationality? This first part will explore two models of cognition and analogy strategies, test their intuition about the emotional desire. I distinguish between subjective and objective desire, then presents with a feeling from the "paradigm of drama" export semantics, here our emotional repertoire is acquired all the learned, and our emotions in the form of an object is fixed. It is pretty well in line with the general principles of rationality, especially the lowest reasonable (...)
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  3. The Rationality of Emotion.Ronald DE SOUSA - 1987 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 22 (4):302-303.
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  4. Emotion.Ronald de Sousa - 2007 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    The Structure of Emotions.Robert M. Gordon & Ronald De Sousa - 1989 - Journal of Philosophy 86 (9):493-504.
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  6. Emotional Truth: Ronald de Sousa.Ronald B. de Sousa - 2002 - Supplement to the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 76 (1):247-263.
    The word "truth" retains, in common use, traces of origins that link it to trust, troth, and truce, connoting ideas of fidelity, loyalty, and authenticity. The word has become, in contemporary philosophy, encased in a web of technicalities, but we know that a true image is a faithful portrait; a true friend a loyal one. In a novel or a poem, too, we have a feel for what is emotionally true, though we are not concerned with the actuality of events (...)
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  7. The Good and the True.Ronald B. De Sousa - 1974 - Mind 83:534.
  8. Emotional Truth.Ronald de Sousa & Adam Morton - 2002 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 76 (1):247-275.
    Taking literally the concept of emotional truth requires breaking the monopoly on truth of belief-like states. To this end, I look to perceptions for a model of non-propositional states that might be true or false, and to desires for a model of propositional attitudes the norm of which is other than the semantic satisfaction of their propositional object. Those models inspire a conception of generic truth, which can admit of degrees for analogue representations such as emotions; belief-like states, by contrast, (...)
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  9. Emotional Truth.Ronald de Sousa - 2011 - Oxford University Press USA.
    The word "truth" retains, in common use, traces of origins that link it to trust, truth, and truce, connoting ideas of fidelity, loyalty, and authenticity. The word has become, in contemporary philosophy, encased in a web of technicalities, but we know that a true image is a faithful portrait; a true friend a loyal one. In a novel or a poem, too, we have a feel for what is emotionally true, though we are not concerned with the actuality of events (...)
     
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  10. Truth, Authenticity, and Rationality.Ronald de Sousa - 2007 - Dialectica 61 (3):323-345.
    Emotions are Janus‐faced. They tell us something about the world, and they tell us something about ourselves. This suggests that we might speak of a truth, or perhaps two kinds of truths of emotions, one of which is about self and the other about conditions in the world. On some views, the latter comes by means of the former. Insofar as emotions manifest our inner life, however, we are more inclined to speak of authenticity rather than truth. What is the (...)
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  11. Moral Emotions.Ronald de Sousa - 2001 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 4 (2):109-126.
    Emotions can be the subject of moral judgments; they can also constitute the basis for moral judgments. The apparent circularity which arises if we accept both of these claims is the central topic of this paper: how can emotions be both judge and party in the moral court? The answer I offer regards all emotions as potentially relevant to ethics, rather than singling out a privileged set of moral emotions. It relies on taking a moderate position both on the question (...)
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  12. Love: A Very Short Introduction.Ronald de Sousa - 2015 - Oxford University Press.
    Do we love someone for their virtue, their beauty, or their moral or other qualities? Are love's characteristic desires altruistic or selfish? Are there duties of love? What do the sciences tell us about love? In this Very Short Introduction, Ronald de Sousa explores the different kinds of love, from affections to romantic love.
     
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    Moral Emotions.Ronald de Sousa - 2001 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 4 (2):109 - 126.
    Emotions can be the subject of moral judgments; they can also constitute the basis for moral judgments. The apparent circularity which arises if we accept both of these claims is the central topic of this paper: how can emotions be both judge and party in the moral court? The answer I offer regards all emotions as potentially relevant to ethics, rather than singling out a privileged set of moral emotions. It relies on taking a moderate position both on the question (...)
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  14. Dust, Ashes, and Vice: On Tim Schroeder’s Theory of Desire.Ronald De Sousa - 2006 - Dialogue 45 (1):139-150.
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    I—Ronald de Sousa.Ronald De Sousa - 2002 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 76 (1):247-263.
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    How to Give a Piece of Your Mind: Or, The Logic of Belief and Assent.Ronald B. de Sousa - 1971 - Review of Metaphysics 25 (1):52-79.
    Nothing seems to follow strictly from 'X believes that p'. But if we reinterpret it to mean: 'X can consistently be described as consistently believing p'--which roughly renders, I think, Hintikka's notion of "defensibility"--we can get on with the subject, freed from the inhibitions of descriptive adequacy. But defensibility is neither necessary nor sufficient for truth: it tells us little, therefore, about the concept of belief on which it is based. It cannot, in particular, specify necessary conditions for the consistent (...)
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    Emotions: What I Know, What I'd Like to Think I Know, and What I'd Like to Think.Ronald de Sousa - 2004 - In Robert C. Solomon (ed.), Thinking About Feeling: Contemporary Philosophers on Emotions. Oxford University Press.
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  18. Evolution Et Rationalité.Ronald De Sousa - 2004 - Presses Universitaires de France.
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    What Emotions Really Are: The Problem of Psychological Categories. [REVIEW]Ronald de Sousa - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (4):908-910.
    This pithy book is for any psychologist or philosopher who wants to do psychology in a biologically informed way. Emotions are an object lesson, and the lesson is mostly negative: emotions are no one thing, and most of them are something we know not what.
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    Comment: Language and Dimensionality in Appraisal Theory.Ronald de Sousa - 2013 - Emotion Review 5 (2):171-175.
    The proliferation of dimensions of appraisal is both welcome and worrying. The preoccupation with sorting out causes may be somewhat otiose. And the ubiquity of emotions in levels of processing raises intriguing problems about the role of language in identifying and triggering emotions and appraisals.
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  21. Twelve Varieties of Subjectivity.Ronald B. de Sousa - 2002 - In M. Larrazabal & P. Miranda (eds.), Twelve Varieties of Subjectivity: Dividing in Hopes of Conquest. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
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    The Mind's Bermuda Triangle: Philosophy of Emotions and Empirical Science.Ronald de Sousa - 2010 - In Peter Goldie (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion. Oxford University Press.
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  23. Restoring Emotion's Bad Rep: The Moral Randomness of Norms.Ronald De Sousa - 2006 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 2 (1):29-47.
    Despite the fact that common sense taxes emotions with irrationality, philosophers have, by and large, celebrated their functionality. They are credited with motivating, steadying, shaping or harmonizing our dispositions to act, and with policing norms of social behaviour. It's time to restore emotion's bad rep. To this end, I shall argue that we should expect that some of the “norms” enforced by emotions will be unevenly distributed among the members of our species, and may be dysfunctional at the individual, social, (...)
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    Emotions, Education and Time.Ronald De Sousa - 1990 - Metaphilosophy 21 (4):434.
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    "Emotion" by William Lyons. [REVIEW]Ronald De Sousa - 1984 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 45 (1):142-149.
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    Self-Deceptive Emotions.Ronald B. De Sousa - 1978 - Journal of Philosophy 75 (November):684-697.
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    Emotion and Self-Deception.Ronald De Sousa - 1988 - In Brian P. McLaughlin & Amelie O. Rorty (eds.), Perspectives on Self-Deception. University of California Press.
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    The Natural Shiftiness of Natural Kinds.Ronald de Sousa - 1984 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 14 (4):561-580.
    The Philosophical search for Natural Kinds is motivated by the hope of finding ontological categories that are independent of our interests. Other requirements, of varying importance, are commonly made of kinds that claim to be natural. But no such categories are to be found. Virtually any kind can be termed ‘natural’ relative to some set of interests and epistemic priorities. Science determines those priorities at any particular stage of its progress, and what kinds are most ‘natural’ in that sense is (...)
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    The Natural Shiftiness of Natural Kinds.Ronald de Sousa - 1984 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 14 (4):561 - 580.
    The Philosophical search for Natural Kinds is motivated by the hope of finding ontological categories that are independent of our interests. Other requirements, of varying importance, are commonly made of kinds that claim to be natural. But no such categories are to be found. Virtually any kind can be termed 'natural' relative to some set of interests and epistemic priorities. Science determines those priorities at any particular stage of its progress, and what kinds are most 'natural' in that sense is (...)
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    Emotional Knowledge and the Emotional A Priori.Ronald de Sousa - 2020 - Journal of Philosophy of Emotion 1 (1):106-112.
    In the following comments, I will raise no major objection to Furtak’s main line of argument. My questions are essentially requests for clarification. They focus on three key expressions: first, the “unified” character of emotional agitation and intentionality; second, the unique “mode of cognition” claimed for emotions; and third, the “emotional a priori.”.
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    Biological Individuality.Ronald de Sousa - 2005 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 5 (2):195-218.
    The question What is an individual? goes back beyond Aristotle’s discussion of substance to the Ionians’ preoccupation with the paradox of change -- the fact that if anything changes it must stay the same. Mere reflection on this fact and the common-sense notion of a countable thing yields a concept of a “minimal individual”, which is particular (a logical matter) specific (a taxonomic matter), and unique (an evaluative empirical matter). Individuals occupy space, and therefore might be dislodged. Even minimal individuals, (...)
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    Why Think?: Evolution and the Rational Mind.Ronald de Sousa - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    Introduction -- Function and destiny -- What's the good of thinking? -- Rationality, individual and collective -- Irrationality.
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    Is Contempt Redeemable?Ronald de Sousa - 2020 - Journal of Philosophy of Emotion 1 (1):23-43.
    In this essay, I will focus on the two main objections that have been adduced against the moral acceptability of contempt: the fact that it embraces a whole person and not merely some deed or aspect of a person’s character, and the way that when addressed to a person in this way, it amounts to a denial of the very personhood of its target.
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  34. Teleology and the Great Shift.Ronald B. de Sousa - 1984 - Journal of Philosophy 81 (11):647-653.
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    Self-Deceptive Emotions.Ronald B. De Sousa - 1978 - Journal of Philosophy 75 (11):684 - 697.
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    Is Art an Adaptation? Prospects for an Evolutionary Perspective on Beauty.Ronald De Sousa - 2004 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62 (2):109–118.
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    The Structure of Emotions.Ronald de Sousa - 1991 - Noûs 25 (3):367-373.
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    Seizing the Hedgehog by the Tail: Taylor on the Self and Agency.Ronald de Sousa - 1988 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 18 (3):421-432.
    For those of us who are sympathetic to the research program of cognitive science, it is especially useful to face the deepest and sharpest critic of that program. Charles Taylor, who defines himself as a ‘hedgehog’ whose ‘single rather tightly related agenda’ fits into a very ancient and rather elusive debate between naturalism and anti-naturalism, may well be that critic. My ambition in this paper is to distill Taylor’s central objection to the cognitive science approach to agency and the self (...)
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    Plato’s Philebus.Ronald de Sousa - 2013 - Topoi 32 (1):125-128.
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    Réponses à Proust, Bouchard et Dumouchel.Ronald de Sousa - 2007 - Dialogue 46 (1):179-187.
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  41. Rational Homunculi.Ronald De Sousa - 1976 - In Amelie Oksenberg Rorty (ed.), The Identities of Persons. University of California Press.
     
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    Kinds of Kinds: Individuality and Biological Species.Ronald de Sousa - 1989 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 3 (2):119 – 135.
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    Bashing the Enlightenment: A Discussion of Charles Taylor's Sources of the Self.Ronald de Sousa - 1994 - Dialogue 33 (1):109.
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    Paradoxical Emotions.Ronald de Sousa - 2003 - In Christine Tappolet & Sarah Stroud (eds.), Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
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    Perversion and Death.Ronald de Sousa - 2003 - The Monist 86 (1):90-114.
    Philosophers like to warn against fools’ paradises: not places where fools can safely cavort, but rather conditions in which fools mistakenly think themselves happy. The warning presupposes that real and merely apparent happiness can be told apart. Of course that claim is not altogether disinterested, since philosophers have a professional investment in the distinction. Thus they have endorsed this or that attitude to death, holding up promises of ultimate comfort or threats of excruciating regret, to be dispensed at the last (...)
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  46. Review of Jesse Prinz, The Emotional Construction of Morals[REVIEW]Ronald de Sousa - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (6).
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    Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character.Ronald De Sousa - 1990 - Ethics 101 (1):185-187.
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    Evolution, Thinking, and Rationality.Ronald de Sousa - 2009 - In Michael Ruse (ed.), Philosophy After Darwin: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Princeton University Press.
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    Fringe Consciousness and the Multifariousness of Emotions.Ronald B. de Sousa - 2002 - PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 8.
    Mangan draws his inspiration from James's account of fringe consciousness, but differs from James in focusing on something non-sensory, necessarily fuzzy, though not necessarily fleeting. A long tradition in philosophy has deemed non-sensory elements of consciousness to be indispensable to thought. But those, chiefly conceptual, forms of non-sensory fringe are not Mangan's focus. What then is Mangan talking about? This commentary envisages a number of possible answers, and tentatively concludes that fringe consciousness is essentially emotional. Emotional consciousness involves proprioception, however, (...)
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    Against Emotional Modularity.Ronald de Sousa - 2006 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 36 (sup1):29-50.
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