Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL3110: Philosophy of Emotion
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)
Professor Giovanna Colombetti (Lecturer)
|Available via distance learning|
Emotion is now a central topic in many areas of philosophy – from ethics, to aesthetics, to philosophy of mind and cognitive science. This is an in-depth module that addresses emotions primarily as mental states, and asks what kind of mental states emotions are. In the first half of the module we will discuss whether emotions are bodily or cognitive (or perhaps both), whether they are necessarily felt or can also be unconscious, and how they relate to moods. In the second half we will look at the debate between naturalistic and social constructionist accounts of emotions, and at a variety of other specific questions – such as: are emotions necessarily positive or negative? What kind of emotions do we experience when reading or watching fiction? Can emotions be “epistemic”? What is the relation between feelings, emotional expression, and language?