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Feeling is believing

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Ondertitel:recalcitrant emotion & Spinozan belief formation
In this paper, I defend the judgementalist theory of emotion against the argument from recalcitrant emotions. Judgementalism holds that a necessary condition for being in an emotional state is that an evaluative belief is formed. Recalcitrant emotions are emotions that contradict endorsed beliefs and judgements. The argument from recalcitrant emotions states that a judgementalist explanation of recalcitrant emotions results in the absurd conclusion that one would hold two contradictory beliefs. I argue that emotion involves a so-called Spinozan belief-forming process: a process which automatically generates beliefs, without taking all available information into account. The generated beliefs might contradict something one already believes, as the so-called Fragmentation of Belief Hypothesis predicts. Thus the judgementalist explanation of recalcitrant emotions does not lead to an absurd conclusion and therefore the argument from recalcitrant emotions is refuted.
Tijdschrift: Synthese : an international journal for epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science
ISSN: 0039-7857
Volume: 200
Pagina's: 1 - 14
Jaar van publicatie:2022
Trefwoorden:A1 Journal article