Rotman faculty member Louis Charland published a blog post yesterday entitled, “Emotions without Emotion: A Challenge for the Neurophilosophy and Neuroscience of Emotion“. It was featured on The Neuroethics Blog, hosted by the Center for Ethics, Neuroethics Program at Emory University. In the post, Charland examines the distinction between the terms emotion and cognition, and the resulting impact on the fields of neurophilosophy and neuroscience. Charland writes:
…we are left with a seeming paradox. Research on individual emotions is thriving. At the same time, the question whether those emotions form a homogenous class, or natural kind, remains unresolved. Sometimes, the answer is simply, no. But that harkens back to the question why the emotions are all lumped together as “emotions” in the first place.
Read the full text of Charland’s post on The Neuroethics Blog.
Pictured above: Six faces expressing the passions: (clockwise from top left) joy, fear, pity, scorn, anger, and grief. Engraving by Silvester, 1807. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.