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Chapter 10: Emotions
We had the experience but missed the meaning. (Attributed to T. S. Eliot)
Academic psychology in the 20th century was inhibited in its program for the development of a truly scientific psychology by methodological shortcomings such as the reliance on simplistic experiments, and by mistaken theoretical presuppositions, such as the presumption of the Humean version of cause-effect framing for explanations of psychological phenomena. The pervasive physicalism meant that the phenomena themselves tended to be shorn of the intentionality or meaningfulness that gave them their psychological character. We have drawn attention to these points in earlier chapters, but there are deeper presuppositions that are particularly important in the search for a psychology of the emotions. These are highlighted in an important essay by Catherine Lutz (2007, ...