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Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of Emotion
Gut Reactions is an interdisciplinary defense of the claim that emotions are perceptions of changes in the body. This thesis, pioneered by William James and resuscitated by Antonio Damasio, has been widely criticized for failing to acknowledge that emotions are meaningful insofar as they represent concerns, not respiratory function and blood pressure. Fear represents dange ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 12th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2004)
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The book offers a nice interdisciplinary overview of theories of emotions. Prinz argues for an account he dubs an 'embodied appraisal account of emotions' (EA). On EA, emotions are perceptions of bodily states that represent core relational themes and are essentially valient. Core relational themes are, roughly, appraisals of your relation to the surrounding environment. For instance, the emotion of fear registers things like increased heart rate, quickened breathing, and muscle tenseness and re ...more
Jesse J. Prinz is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and director of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He lives in New York.More about Jesse J. Prinz...