Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division

Mendonça, D. S. D. L. (Invited speaker)

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Abstract: The proposed monograph introduces a meta-framework for conducting interdisciplinary research in the science of emotion, as well as a framework for a particular theory of emotion. This monograph can be understood as a “cross-over” book that introduces neophytes to the current discourse and major challenges in the science of emotion, from an interdisciplinary, philosophical perspective. It also engages experts in this area on contemporary debates in the philosophy of emotions, broadly construed, which takes the interdisciplinary study of emotions as a scientific enterprise in which philosophers, as well as other disciplines from across the humanities, are involved. One distinctive feature of this monograph is that it introduces three distinct theories: The first is a meta-theory of emotion, which I refer to as meta-semantic realism about emotion. The second is a metaphysical theory about the mind and the body, which I refer to as semantic dualism about the mind. The third is a metaphysical theory about emotion, which I refer to as semantic dualism about emotion. A second distinctive feature is that meta-semantic realism provides a novel way to understand the current discourse in the interdisciplinary study of emotions, as well as novel solutions to some of the significant challenges that philosophers of emotion face when providing an interdisciplinary theory of emotion. It does so by introducing novices to (meta-semantic realism), which includes a taxonomy of theories of emotion that allows them to understand the contemporary interdisciplinary discourse in the science of emotion as a debate between four fundamental types of theories of emotion that can be found or potentially found across the disciplines (realism, instrumentalism, eliminative-realism, and eliminativism).

Book Symposium Schedule (please note that the order of presenters is subject to change):

Chair: Jing Hu (Concordia University, Montreal, CA)

11:30 – 11:50: Book Synopsis, Cecilea Mun (Independent Scholar)

11:50 – 12:10: First Commentary, Alycia LaGuardia-LoBianco (Grand Valley State University, MI)

12:10 – 12:30: Second Commentary, Michelle Maiese (Emannual College, MA)

12:30 – 12:50: Third Commentary, Owen Flanagan (Duke University, NC)

12:50 – 1:10: Fourth Commentary, Dina Mendonça, (Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal)

1:10 – 1:25: Short Break

1:25 – 1:45: Author’s Response, Cecilea Mun (Independent Scholar)

1:45 – 2:30: Audience Questions for Author and Panel of Critics
Period6 Apr 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational