PHIL40430 Philosophy of the Emotions

Academic Year 2021/2022

Through a combination of the studying of key texts and the tackling of a structure of central questions in the philosophical treatment of emotion, this course will address competing theories of the nature of emotion, emotional rationality, emotional knowledge, emotional recalcitrance, the social purpose of emotional expression, and the use of emotions as ways of perceiving evalulative aspects of the subject's situation. We will engage with such things as pride, fear, anger, jealousy and shame.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to exhibit detailed critical understanding of some key texts in the recent philosophical discussion of emotion and develop their own lines of response to these texts. They should be able to present this orally. They should also be able to produce to a professional standard a scholarly, cogent, well-argued and independent philosophical treatment of some questions of central concern in the philosophy of emotion.

Indicative Module Content:

William James; Feelings; Cognitivism; Perceptualism; Emotions and Moral Development; Shame, pride, grief, anger and fear.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Two-hour seminars in which the lecturer presents some idea of the structure of the issue for that week, a student presents the ideas from one of the texts that week and the class is engaged in a seminar discussion. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 2000 word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: 1500 word essay Week 6 n/a Graded No


Presentation: Seminar presentation Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Quick verbal feedback is provided for the presentation and within two weeks of the submission deadline of both essays written feedback including grade and comments is provided.