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Philosophy of Emotions - PHI00081H

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Dorothea Debus
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18

Module aims

Students will gain a good understanding of contemporary debates and positions in the Philosophy of the Emotions, and they will develop their own views on the issues at hand. They will present the views they encounter in the literature as well as their own views in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in written work.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • By the end of the module, students will have thought about the three main definitional theories of the emotions which are defended in the contemporary philosophical literature on the emotions - namely feeling theories, judgement theories and perceptual theories - and they will have assessed these theories critically. They will also have considered philosophical accounts of the place of the emotions in the context of a subject's wider mental life - topics that might be considered here include the relation between emotions and reason; emotions and attention; emotions, knowledge and understanding; and emotion and motivation.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Students will hone their skills of engaging with complex ideas, of summarizing the positions of others as presented in the literature accurately and concisely, of assessing the views of others critically, and of developing their own views on the issues at hand in a careful and independent manner.


Task Length % of module mark
4000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
4000 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written feedback on summative assessments within six weeks of the submission deadline, using the Department's standard forms. Formative feedback will be provided within two weeks of the submission deadline.

Indicative reading

Deonna, J. and Teroni, F. (2012): The Emotions. A Philosophical Introduction. London: Routledge.

Goldie, P. (ed.) (2010): The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotions. Oxford: OUP.

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