Single Idea 9309

[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 3. Emotions / b. Types of emotion]

Full Idea

An emotion normally has an intentional object, while a mood is objectless.

Gist of Idea

Emotions have intentional objects, while a mood is objectless


Lars Svendsen (A Philosophy of Boredom [2005], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Svendsen,Lars: 'A Philosophy of Boredom' [Reaktion Books 2005], p.110

A Reaction

It doesn't follow that the object of the emotion is clearly understood, or even that it is conscious. One may experience rising anger while struggling to see what its object is. Artistic symbolism seems to involve objects that create moods.