On the Complex Emotion: Be Physiological, Cognitive or Situated?


  • Lin TAO Southwest University, Chongqing, China
  • Haijun TANG Southwest University, Chongqing, China
  • Mingzhuo ZOU Sichuan International Studies University, China




emotion, cognition


The topic emotion in traditional philosophy is discussed fragmentarily. And in recent years, there are two important approaches to analyze emotions, namely neo-Jamesianism and cognitive theory of emotion. Neo-Jamesians identify emotions with states of bodily arousal, which is determined by the nerve and occurs because of the feelings of bodily changes. And the cognitivists identify emotions with representations of evaluative judgments, which is regarded as propositional content accepted or affirmed by their subjects. Besides, the situated theory suggests we should expand our attention to the cultural and social environment in which emotions are moulded.


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Author Biographies

Lin TAO, Southwest University, Chongqing, China

Lin TAO is the director and a professor of the Department of Philosophy in the school of political science and public administration in Southwest University (SWU), Chongqing, China. His academic interests include critical thinking, political and legal philosophy.

Haijun TANG, Southwest University, Chongqing, China

Haijun TANG is a PhD candidate in the institute of logic and intelligence in Southwest University of China. His main academic interests are cognition, emotion, philosophy of logic and modern western philosophy.

Mingzhuo ZOU, Sichuan International Studies University, China

Mingzhuo ZOU is a lecturer in Sichuan International Studies University. His research focuses on the fields cognitive science and philosophy of logic.


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How to Cite

TAO, L., TANG, H., & ZOU, M. (2018). On the Complex Emotion: Be Physiological, Cognitive or Situated?. WISDOM, 10(1), 40–48. https://doi.org/10.24234/wisdom.v10i1.201