The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0965 Friday, 16 May 2003
Date: Thursday, 15 May 2003 17:49:24 -0400
Subject: 14.0955 Re: A Problem Like the Sonnets
Comment: Re: SHK 14.0955 Re: A Problem Like the Sonnets
>I have not felt the complex web of emotions that might accompany winning
>1,000,000 pounds on the lotto. But I reckon I could have a fair stab at
>portraying those emotions.
>I suppose it depends on whether one thinks of emotions as "types" - e.g.
>sadness, happiness, fear, grief, etc. - or complex and context-specific.
If we don't think of emotions as types, we can't talk about them, since
in that case whatever "feeling" (or group of what I call "evaluceptual
sensations" in my psychology) we experience in a given situation is
unique. For example, we'll feel one emotion upon winning a million,
another on winning a million and one (to leave out the details of where,
when, with whom, etc.) So I'm with those who have trouble believing in
unfelt emotions. I think we've all felt all the emotions there are by
the time we are three. Days-old, that is--assuming we haven't before
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