The rapidly developing field of ‘affective neuroscience’ has had a significant influence on recent philosophy of mind and moral psychology, a trend that must be at least in part attributed to the outstanding popular science writing skills of Antonio Damasio, one of the leading researchers in this field (Damasio [1994]; Damasio [1999]). Empirical findings and interpretations from affective neuroscience have been imported into philosophy in a piecemeal fashion to supply premises for philosophical argument and to bolster philosophical positions by pointing out their congruence with current scientific opinion. By providing the first systematic philosophical account of the emotions grounded in ‘affective neuroscience’ Jesse Prinz allows a proper assessment of whether these scientific ideas will bear the weight...

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