Did Descartes Have a Jamesian Theory of the Emotions?

@article{Hatfield2007DidDH,
  title={Did Descartes Have a Jamesian Theory of the Emotions?},
  author={G. Hatfield},
  journal={Philosophical Psychology},
  year={2007},
  volume={20},
  pages={413 - 440}
}
  • G. Hatfield
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology
  • Philosophical Psychology
René Descartes and William James had “body first” theories of the passions or emotions, according to which sensory stimulation causes a bodily response that then causes an emotion. Both held that this bodily response also causes an initial behavioral response (such as flight from a bear) without any cognitive intervention such as an “appraisal” of the object or situation. From here they differ. Descartes proposed that the initial processes that produce fear and running are entirely mechanical… Expand

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