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Not Passion's SlaveEmotions and Choice$
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Robert Solomon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195145496.001.0001

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Against Valence (“Positive” and “Negative” Emotions) (2001)

Against Valence (“Positive” and “Negative” Emotions) (2001)

(p.162) 10 Against Valence (“Positive” and “Negative” Emotions) (2001)
Not Passion's Slave

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

I argue against the common idea that emotions can be defined in terms of their valence, as positive and negative affects. I argue that the polarity is simple‐minded and refers to many different contrasts. I also argue against the idea of emotion opposites (e.g. love and hate), as similarly simpleminded and based on the same oversimplification.

Keywords:   appraisal, emotional opposites, negative affect, pain, pleasure, positive affect, valence

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