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Emotion and Action

Abstract : The purpose of this paper is to explore the question whether and in what sense emotions might be said to provide reasons for actions or to rationalize them. This requires that one have a picture of the causal structure of actions that is sufficiently detailed for one to see how emotions can impinge on the proc-ess of action production. I present a two-tiered model of action explanation and try to exploit this model in a tentative account of the modes of in-volvement of emotions in the explanation of action. In particular, I examine in what sense emotions can be said not just to explain actions, but also to rationalize them.
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Elisabeth Pacherie. Emotion and Action. European Review of Philosophy, CSLI Publications, 2002, 5, pp.55-90. ⟨ijn_00778350⟩



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