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Emotions, Cognition, Affect: On Jerry Neu's "A Tear Is an Intellectual Thing"

Robert C. Solomon
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 108, No. 1/2, Selected Papers Presented in 2001 at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association (Mar., 2002), pp. 133-142
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4321241
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Emotions, Cognition, Affect: On Jerry Neu's
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Abstract

Jerome Neu has been one of the most prominent voices in the philosophy of emotions for more than twenty years, that is, before the field was even a field. His "Emotions, Thought, and Therapy" (1977) was one of its most original and ground-breaking books. Neu is an uncompromising defender of what has been called the "cognitive" theory of emotions (as am I). But the ambiguity, controversy, and confusion sown by the notion of a "cognitive" theory of emotion is what I would like to focus on here. In so doing I will indicate some of the ways in which my own theory has developed.

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