What Emotions Really Are: The Problem of Psychological Categories

What Emotions Really Are: The Problem of Psychological Categories

by Paul E. Griffiths
     
 

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In this provocative contribution to the philosophy of science and mind, Paul E. Griffiths criticizes contemporary philosophy and psychology of emotion for failing to take in an evolutionary perspective and address current work in neurobiology and cognitive science. Reviewing the three current models of emotion, Griffiths points out their deficiencies and constructs a

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In this provocative contribution to the philosophy of science and mind, Paul E. Griffiths criticizes contemporary philosophy and psychology of emotion for failing to take in an evolutionary perspective and address current work in neurobiology and cognitive science. Reviewing the three current models of emotion, Griffiths points out their deficiencies and constructs a basis for future models that pay equal attention to biological fact and conceptual rigor.

"Griffiths has written a work of depth and clarity in an area of murky ambiguity, producing a much-needed standard at the border of science, philosophy, and psychology. . . . As he presents his case, offering a forthright critique of past and present theories, Griffiths touches on such issues as evolution, social construction, natural kinds (categories corresponding with real distinctions in nature), cognition, and moods. While addressing specialists, the book will reward general readers who apply themselves to its remarkably accessible style."—Library Journal

"What Emotions Really Are makes a strong claim to be one of the best books to have emerged on the subject of human emotion."—Ray Dolan, Nature

Editorial Reviews

Robert C. Solomon
Perhaps the best and most persuasive book on this perspective on emotions. -- Philadelphia Enquirer
Booknews
Arguing that most research on the emotions has been misguided in the way it lumps together psychological states of very different, and not comparable, kinds, Griffiths (philosophy, Otago U., New Zealand) draws on ethology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and anthropology of the emotions to identify and assess the relative merits of three main theoretical approaches to emotions: affect program theory, evolutionary psychology, and social constructionism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Ray Dolan
It is difficult to do justice to Griffiths in a short review. His analysis of the concept of emotion and his proposal for the future direction of the field is the most compelling and best argued I have read...[The book] makes a strong to be one of the best books to have emerged in the subject of human emotion.
Nature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226308760
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Series:
Science and Its Conceptual Foundations Series , #1997
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
293
File size:
877 KB

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