What kind of evaluative states are emotions? The attitudinal theory vs. the perceptual theory of emotions

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 49 (4):544-563 (2019)
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This paper argues that Deonna and Teroni's attitudinal theory of emotions faces two serious problems. The first is that their master argument fails to establish the central tenet of the theory, namely, that the formal objects of emotions do not feature in the content of emotions. The second is that the attitudinal theory itself is vulnerable to a dilemma. By pointing out these problems, our paper provides indirect support to the main competitor of the attitudinal theory, namely, the perceptual theory of emotions.

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Mauro Rossi
Université du Québec à Montréal
Christine Tappolet
Université de Montréal

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