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Toward a Working Definition of Emotion

Published in Emotion Review. 2012, vol. 4, no. 4, p. 345-357
Abstract A definition of emotion common to the affective sciences is an urgent desideratum. Lack of such a definition is a constant source of numerous misunderstandings and a series of mostly fruitless debates. There is little hope that there ever will be agreement on a common definition of emotion, given the sacred traditions of the disciplines involved and the egos of the scholars working in these disciplines. Our aim here is more modest. We propose a list of elements for a working definition of emotion and discuss the justification for the inclusion of elements from our respective perspectives (philosophy and psychology). This working partial definition may at least serve as a litmus test to examine theories of emotion, old and new, across disciplinary boundaries.
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MULLIGAN, Kevin, SCHERER, Klaus R. Toward a Working Definition of Emotion. In: Emotion Review, 2012, vol. 4, n° 4, p. 345-357. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:97852

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