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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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(p.49) 3 Interpretationism
Passionate Engines

Craig Delancey

Oxford University Press

Scientific evidence against cognitivism about emotions is conclusive, but is only convincing if one accepts a naturalist view of mind. Interpretationism is a leading kind of theory of mind, primarily associated with Donald Davidson and Daniel Dennett, which entails cognitivism about emotions but which is resistant to scientific evidence because it posits that mental states are not scientific entities. Using commonsense examples, I show that interpretationism cannot account for some emotional actions and therefore fails to account for basic emotions.

Keywords:   cognitivism, Davidson, Dennett, emotions, emotional action, interpretationism, naturalism

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