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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 Rationality of the Basic Emotions

The Rationality of the Basic Emotions

(p.119) 7 The Rationality of the Basic Emotions
Passionate Engines

Craig Delancey

Oxford University Press

This chapter defends an account of rationality that allows that instances of emotions, which are not propositional attitudes can be rational. A set of criteria that are broader than traditional criteria for rationality are introduced and defended. Some instances of emotions are shown to satisfy these criteria but not the traditional ones. An important and related point is a strong rejection of the standard belief–desire psychology that dominates both the philosophy of mind and of action, and disciplines such as decision theory and economics.

Keywords:   belief–desire psychology, desire, emotion, propositional attitude, rationality

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