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Passionate EnginesWhat Emotions Reveal about the Mind and Artificial Intelligence$
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Craig DeLancey

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195142713.001.0001

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The Affect Program Theory of Emotions

(p.3) 1 Introduction
Passionate Engines

Craig Delancey

Oxford University Press

The chapter develops a taxonomy of emotions and other affects and introduces and defends a version of the affect program theory. A general and primitive notion of affect as a motivational state is introduced. Affects are defined as real, occurrent states, functionally identified, and not well characterized by such bivalent features as positive/negative. Some of the states typically called “emotions,” such as fear and anger, are found to be special kinds of affects, characterized primarily by the actions they cause or are associated with. These basic emotions are explained by a version of the affect program theory that takes many emotions to be evolved from action programs.

Keywords:   action, affect, affect program theory, anger, basic emotion, emotion, fear, motivation

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