The Life & Mind Seminar Network

Seminar #30: Naturalism and affective science: From traditional to dynamical discrete emotions

Posted in Seminars by Ezequiel on December 9, 2007

Don’t miss the last Life and Mind seminar of 2007!

On Wednesday 12th at 16:30, Room PEV1 2A1

Giovanna Colombetti from the University of Exeter will be speaking on

Naturalism and affective science: From traditional to dynamical discrete emotions

The naturalistic approach to emotion is typically associated with Discrete Emotion Theory, or the view that at least some emotions are ‘affect programs’ and ‘basic’. Critics of this view emphasize the richness, variability and context-sensitivity of emotional episodes, and the existence of borderline and partial cases. This paper argues that these criticisms effectively expose the shortcomings of traditional Discrete Emotion Theory, but do not undermine the naturalistic claim that emotions are ‘discrete’ in the sense of being distinguishable on the basis of their natural features. The proposal of this paper is that discrete emotions should be conceived of instead as self-organizing and softly assembled natural patterns, as suggested by recent work in ‘dynamical affective science’.

All welcome.

Seminars will re-start in January 2008. We have some excellent speakers lined-up. Till then, have a good break!

Ezequiel

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