Unprincipled engagements: emotional experience, expression and response
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Philosophically speaking, emot.ions are a nuisance, even the good ones. There are several reason for this. First, it is thought that they are a hangover of our animal natures that interfere with our rationality: they gum up our reasoning. This verdict has been familiar since the time of Greek philosophy, which is no doubt why being a cognitive scientist appears a respectable occupation, but being an 'emotive scientist' sounds like a blemish on one's capacity for professional judgement.