Journal article

Do Emotions Represent Values?

Laura Schroeter, Francois Schroeter, Karen Jones

DIALECTICA | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

This paper articulates what it would take to defend representationalism in the case of emotions - i.e. the claim that emotions attribute evaluative properties to target objects or events. We argue that representationalism faces a significant explanatory challenge that has not yet been adequately recognized. Proponents must establish that a representation relation linking emotions and value is explanatorily necessary. We use the case of perception to bring out the difficulties in meeting this explanatory challenge.