BA in Philosophy or equivalent.
Emotion is traditionally viewed as the enemy of cognition and rationality: one is supposed to suppress emotion in order to reason correctly. Is this view adequate? Recent research has shown that the contribution of emotion is crucial to taking sound decisions in practical situations. This holds especially in situations of ambiguity, incomplete information, and priority conflicts. In such circumstances, taking decisions on the basis of “gut feelings” or emotions is not a sign of irrationality, but often the only practical way to proceed. The new understanding of emotion has important implications for philosophical models of cognition, rationality, and especially science: emotion is revealed as playing an ineliminable role in scientific work. This course studies the new cognitivist view of emotion and its philosophical implications for our conception of rationality and knowledge.
Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.
Mode of instruction
Lectures and seminars
Attending lectures and seminars: 40 hrs
Time for studying literature: 110 hrs
Time for writing papers: 130 hrs
Total course load: 280 hrs
In-class oral presentations (20%)
Draft research proposal and final paper (80%)
Blackboard is used for posting texts and Powerpoint presentations.
To be announced.
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