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

Full Idea

One can question the idea that emotions are non-rational, fickle and flighty; on the contrary, emotions normally seem to be very apt.

Gist of Idea

Emotions are usually very apt, rather than being non-rational and fickle


Owen Flanagan (The Problem of the Soul [2002], p. 16)

Book Reference

Flanagan,Owen: 'The Problem of the Soul' [Basic Books 2003], p.16

A Reaction

This is the modern view of emotion which is emerging from neuroscience, which is greatly superior to traditional views, apart from Aristotle, who felt that wisdom and virtue arose precisely when emotions were apt for the situation.