Towards a Grammar of Emotions
Deposited by:Prof Aaron Sloman
Date of Issue:1982
Journal/Publication Title:New Universities Quarterly
Abstract:By analysing what we mean by 'A longs for B', and similar descriptions of emotional states we see that they involve rich cognitive structures and processes, i.e. computations. Anything which could long for its mother, would have to have some sort of representation of its mother, would have to believe that she is not in the vicinity, would have to be able to represent the possibility of being close to her, would have to desire that possibility, and would have to be to some extent pre-occupied or obsessed with that desire. The paper includes a fairly detailed discussion of what it means to say 'X is angry with Y', and relationships between anger, exasperation, annoyance, dismay, etc. Emotions are contrasted with attitudes and moods.