Précis: The Emotional Mind: A Control Theory of Affective States

Journal of the Philosophy of Emotion 5 (2):1-16 (2024)
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Abstract

A summary of The Emotional Mind: A Control Theory of Affective States is presented: I claim that a convincing account of the emotions requires a rethink of how the mind as a whole is structured. I provide this reconceptualization by introducing a fundamental type of mental concept called “valent representation" and then systematically elaborating this fundamental type in stages. In this way, accounts are provided of the various sorts of affective states ranging from pains and pleasures to character traits.

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Tom Cochrane
Flinders University

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