Emotions: a Philosophical Introduction

开始时间: 04/22/2022 持续时间: 6 weeks

所在平台: CourseraArchive

课程类别: 人文

大学或机构: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona(巴塞罗那自治大学)

授课老师: Jordi Vallverdú

课程主页: https://www.coursera.org/course/emotions


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The course is designed to cover a wide range of interests about the nature of emotional events. The biological emergence of emotional states, the relationship between emotions and consciousness, the deep interactions between cognitive and emotional processes, the bodily location of emotions are, among others, some of the main topics covered by this course. The sources of the course come from several research fields such as Philosophy, Neurology, Psychology, Anthropology, Robotics, or AI, among others. Thanks to a non-specialized use of vocabulary, the ideas explained will be easily assimilated by the audience. Anyhow general audiences from any academic specialization are welcome. At the end of the course, the student should be able to analyze critically and to synthesize information on emotions obtained by reading academic papers or specialized monographs, as well as that valuable information distributed through the Internet.
At the end of the course:
a) the student should be able to contribute to daily-life debates making significant and precise conceptual contributions in contexts of emotional analysis;
b) the student should be able to relate concepts and knowledge among different areas of contemporary philosophical research related to the bonds between emotions, culture and nature. She/he must be able to observe epistemic, ethical and political implications of these dependencies;
c) the student should be able to identify and describe relevant theoretical elements of contemporary research on emotions;
d) the student should be able to evaluate the implication for the human nature of the influence of emotional forces that operate intensively today in human societies. 


1st week 
Where do emotions come from? Their evolutionary biological roots.

2nd week 
How many emotions do exist? From Budha to nociceptors.

3rd week
What does a plant feel? Bodies, minds, qualia and emotions

4th week
A neuroanthropologial approach to emotions: from neurons to societies

5th week 
The philosophies on emotions

6th  week
21st Century & emotions: affective computing and sociable robots



Emotions are the backbone of social activities as well as they drive the cognitive processes of several living entities. This course tries to elucidate the controversial nature of emotions and their evolutionary meaning. Several animals, including humans, have emotions but…what about machines? This is a course to feel and think about.