Emotions as Feelings Towards Value
Funded by the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme (2018-2022).
The project is led by Dr Jonathan Mitchell.
This research project will examine how emotions connect us with our environment, arguing for a novel theory, according to which emotional experiences can be understood as feelings towards values, in that they present evaluative properties of their objects (eg the dangerousness of a dog) through attitudes of favour and disfavour.
The project will therefore elucidate the important connection between emotions and evaluative properties of objects in our environment.
Further, it will emphasize, in a way often overlooked by emotion theorists, the need for a substantive account, not just of what emotions represent, but how they represent.
The account will also be used to provide new perspectives on long-standing debates in philosophy of emotion, with connections to philosophy of mind.
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