Emotion and Perception
November 08-10, 2012
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
In modern theory of emotion the claim that emotions are analogous to perceptions or even a special form of perception is widespread. Emotions and perceptions are said to share important aspects: they both essentially have a phenomenal aspect, they persist in the light of better knowledge and they seem to occupy similar epistemic roles – as perceptions give us access to descriptive features of our environment and justify perceptual judgments, emotions seem to help us to “see” what is of import or value or even what is the right thing to do and justify the corresponding evaluative judgments. However, emotions and perceptions also differ in important aspects as Ronald de Sousa already noticed. The most obvious difference is the absence of sensory organs in the case of the emotions and of course, there are even more sophisticated and threatening disanalogies – one has not to look far for criticism.
As widespread the link between emotion and perception in modern theory of emotion is, it is only rarely critically examined. The conference’s aim is to fill this gap in the theory of emotion and to seriously explore this link between emotion and perception with all its pros and cons and to mark out its possibilities and limits.
- Peter Railton
- Tim Crane
- Achim Stephan
- Michael Brady
- Michael Lacewing
- Jérôme Dokic and Stephane Lemaire
- Julien Deonna and Fabrice Teronie
The conference is part of the DFG poject “Emotions and Values.” For further information view our homepage:
Conference chair: Prof. Dr. Sabine Döring, Philosophy Department of the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.
Co-organizer: Anika Lutz.
Organizational support: Anton Hase.
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