An alternative model views every emotion as consisting in, or at least including, some irreducibly specific component not compounded of anything simpler.Again, emotions might form an indefinitely broad continuum comprising a small number of finite dimensions (e.g.In recent years, however, emotions have once again become the focus of vigorous interest in philosophy, as well as in other branches of cognitive science.In view of the proliferation of increasingly fruitful exchanges between researchers of different stripes, it is no longer useful to speak of the philosophy of emotion in isolation from the approaches of other disciplines, particularly psychology, neurology, evolutionary biology, and even economics.This results in a particularly ambivalent relation between emotions and morality.I will conclude with a brief survey of some recent trends, particularly as they affect and are influenced by the neighboring disciplines in which the study of emotions has become increasingly prominent.How do emotions fit into different conceptions of the mind?
In that regard the question of our knowledge of our own emotions is especially problematic, as it seems they are both the object of our most immediate awareness and the most powerful source of our capacity for self-deception.
No aspect of our mental life is more important to the quality and meaning of our existence than emotions.
They are what make life worth living, or sometimes ending.
Most emotions have an intentional structure: we shall need to say something about what that means.
Psychology and more recently evolutionary biology have offered a number of theories of emotions, stressing their function in the conduct of life.