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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 Intentionality of the Basic Emotions

The Intentionality of the Basic Emotions

(p.87) 5 The Intentionality of the Basic Emotions
Passionate Engines

Craig Delancey

Oxford University Press

The view that some emotions have a heterogeneous intentionality is defended. This is the view that different instances of these emotions, and perhaps some single instances, can have different complexities of contents. The most fundamental intentional aspect of basic emotions is found to be a minimal content necessary to direct actions, which is an invariant and persisting representation of a concrete object. More complex states include being a propositional attitude and having as an object, states of affairs. This has important implications for some views of intentionality, including being incompatible with views that deny the existence of nonpropositional representations.

Keywords:   action, emotion, intentionality, propositional attitude, representation

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