Keith Oatley draws on theories from psychology, philosophy and linguistics, as well as writings from other social sciences, to show how emotions are central to any understanding of human actions and mental life.
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables; Acknowledgments; Prologue; Part I. Theory and Function: 1. The structure of emotions; 2. Intuitive and empirical approaches to understanding; 3. Rationality and emotions; 4. Mutual plans and social emotions; Part II. Conflict and Unpredictability: 5. Plans and emotions in fictional narrative; 6. Stress and distress; 7. Freud's cognitive psychology of intention: the case of Dora; Part III. Enjoyment and Creativity: 8. Happiness; 9. Putting emotions into words; Epilogue; Notes; References; Author index; Subject index.