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Vignette 2: Intellectual Emotions

Vignette 2: Intellectual emotions
James R.Averill

In ordinary language, a distinction is made between cognition (intellect) and emotion. At least this is true in English, and I assume that it is true in other languages as well. Cognition includes ‘higher’ thought processes; it is the special domain of the human being – the ‘rational animal’. The emotions, by contrast, are ‘lower’; they are common to both humans and infrahuman animals, and they are closely linked to physiological change (i.e., they are ‘gut reactions’).

At first it might seem that distinctions made in ordinary language would have little relevance to scientific theory. Often, however, our theories are little more than formalizations of folk beliefs, clothed in the scientific jargon of the times. Let me illustrate ...

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