Oct 10, 2016

Visiting Speaker October 21 - Dr. Jenefer Robinson

Dr. Jenefer Robinson, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati, will be giving a talk in our department on October 21. Her talk, titled “Embraceable you: Emotions as perceptions for action” will be held from 2-4pm in McCain Hall, Room 185. Her abstract is as follows:

I will examine two theories according to which emotions are perceptions: (1) the “neo-sentimentalist” view that emotions are perceptions of evaluative properties, and (2) a view which is sometimes implied although (I believe) never stated by J.J. Gibson, the view that emotions are perceptions of what we might call “emotional affordances.” I will argue that if we combine the Gibsonian view of affordances with the Jamesian theory of emotion we end up with a conception of emotion that is consistent with the view I have argued for in “Startle” (1995), Deeper than Reason (2005), and elsewhere, but which also provides a more helpful account of what I have called “bodily” or “non-cognitive” appraisals. I will conclude with some brief examples from aesthetics.

We hope to see you there!

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