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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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Social Constructionism and the Contribution of Culture to Emotion

Social Constructionism and the Contribution of Culture to Emotion

(p.69) 4 Social Constructionism and the Contribution of Culture to Emotion
Passionate Engines

Craig Delancey

Oxford University Press

Social constructionism about emotions is the view that emotions are socially constructed entities. I defend the view that some emotions are pancultural and inherited capabilities against social constructionism. Social constructionism is shown to lack evidence, and to be based on inaccurate characterizations of scientific views. The affect program theory is able to account for the social variation that social constructionists do identify.

Keywords:   affect program theory, emotion, inherited emotions, pancultural emotions, social constructionism

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