The Natural Kind Status of Emotion
Charland (Louis C.)
Source: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 53, Number 4, December 2002, pp. 511-537(27)
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    It has been argued recently that some basic emotions should be considered natural kinds1. This is different from the question whether as a class emotions form a natural kind2; that is, whether emotion is a natural kind3. 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 natural kind4. (edited)
Ingenta Abstract
    It has been argued recently that some basic emotions should be considered natural kinds5. This is different from the question whether as a class emotions form a natural kind6; that is, whether emotion is a natural kind7. 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 natural kind8. 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 natural kind9 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.
Sections
  1. The mantra
  2. Griffiths on emotions as natural kinds10
  3. Panksepp on emotions as natural kinds11
  4. Emotion as a neurobiological kind
  5. Emotion as a psychological kind
  6. Response to the mantra
  7. Unification or fragmentation?
  8. Concluding remarks

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