What Emotions Really Are (In the Theory of Constructed Emotion)

Philosophy of Science 85 (4):640-59 (2018)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Recently, Lisa Feldman Barrett and colleagues have introduced the Theory of Constructed Emotions (TCE), in which emotions are constituted by a process of categorizing the self as being in an emotional state. The view, however, has several counterintuitive implications: for instance, a person can have multiple distinct emotions at once. Further, the TCE concludes that emotions are constitutively social phenomena. In this article, I explicate the TCE*, which, while substantially similar to the TCE, makes several distinct claims aimed at avoiding the counterintuitive implications plaguing the TCE. Further, because of the changes that comprise the TCE*, emotions are not constitutively social phenomena.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2018-09-14
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Perceptual Symbol Systems.Barsalou, Lawrence W.
The Brain Basis of Emotion: A Meta-Analytic Review.Lindquist, Kristen A.; Wager, Tor D.; Kober, Hedy; Bliss-Moreau, Eliza & Barrett, Lisa Feldman

View all 34 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
1,185 ( #1,878 of 45,387 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
542 ( #515 of 45,387 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.