<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Charland (Louis C.) - The Natural Kind Status of Emotion (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7421.htm">The Natural Kind Status of Emotion</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Charland (Louis C.).htm">Charland (Louis C.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 53, Number 4, December 2002, pp. 511-537(27)</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7421.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">It has been argued recently that some basic emotions should be considered <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kinds</A><SUP>1</SUP>. This is different from the question whether as a class emotions form a <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kind</A><SUP>2</SUP>; that is, whether emotion is a <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kind</A><SUP>3</SUP>. The consensus on that issue appears to be negative. I argue that this pessimism is unwarranted and that there are in fact good reasons for entertaining the hypothesis that emotion is a <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kind</A><SUP>4</SUP>. (edited) </ol></FONT><U>Ingenta Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">It has been argued recently that some basic emotions should be considered <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kinds</A><SUP>5</SUP>. This is different from the question whether as a class emotions form a <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kind</A><SUP>6</SUP>; that is, whether emotion is a <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kind</A><SUP>7</SUP>. The consensus on that issue appears to be negative. I argue that this pessimism is unwarranted and that there are in fact good reasons for entertaining the hypothesis that emotion is a <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kind</A><SUP>8</SUP>. I interpret this to mean that there exists a distinct natural class of organisms whose behavior and development are governed by emotion. These are emoters. Two arguments for the <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kind</A><SUP>9</SUP> status of emotion are considered. Both converge on the existence of emotion as a distinct natural domain governed by its own laws and regularities. There are then some reasons for being optimistic about the prospects for consilience in emotion theory. </ol></FONT><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The mantra </li><li>Griffiths on emotions as <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kinds</A><SUP>10</SUP> </li><li>Panksepp on emotions as <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kinds</A><SUP>11</SUP> </li><li>Emotion as a neurobiological kind </li><li>Emotion as a psychological kind </li><li>Response to the mantra </li><li>Unification or fragmentation? </li><li>Concluding remarks</li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:58" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:58:57</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>