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Taking affective explanations to heart

Published in Social Science Information. 2009, vol. 48, no. 3, p. 359-377
Abstract In this article, the authors take seriously the categories of emotions, moods,temperaments, character traits and sentiments. They define them and offer an account of therelations existing among the phenomena they cover. They argue that whereas ascribingcharacter traits and sentiments (dispositions) is to ascribe a specific coherence and stabilityin the emotions (episodes) the subject is likely to feel, ascribing temperaments (dispositions)is to ascribe a certain stability in the moods (episodes) she is likely to feel. The rationale for this distinction, the authors claim, lies in the fact that, whereas appeal to character traits or sentiments in explanation is tantamount to making sense of a given behaviour in terms of anindividual's specific evaluative perspective --- as embodied in this individual's emotional profile --- appeal to temperaments makes sense of it independently of any such evaluative perspective.
Keywords EmotionSentiment AnalysisDispositionsMoodTemperamentCharacter TraitsPhilosophy of Mind
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DEONNA, Julien, TERONI, Fabrice. Taking affective explanations to heart. In: Social Science Information, 2009, vol. 48, n° 3, p. 359-377. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:89054

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