PHI6372 - Pleasure, Pain and Emotions

Outline

In this module, we will discuss the nature of affective states like pleasures, pains, and emotions. We will focus on three problems.

The constitution problem: What do all states and only affective states have in common? E.g., what makes pains and joys, but not visual experiences, affective states?

The distinction problem: What makes each type of affective state the particular type it is? E.g., what makes an orgasm a sensory pleasure, and fear an emotion?

The problem of affective phenomenology: Some affective states feel good, others feel bad. In virtue of what affective states have this distinctive phenomenal character?

Lectures - Autumn 2017

Tuesday 1-3pm - Hicks Building Lecture Theatre 9

This module is also available to undergraduates as PHI372.

If there are three or more postgraduates taking the module, a separate seminar will be scheduled for postgraduates only.