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Fabrice Teroni (Université de Berne, Suisse)

Quand :
31 janvier 2014 @ 12:00 – 14:00
Où :
Salle 307
2910 Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit
Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC H3T 1J7

Dans le cadre des Ateliers du GRIN, Fabrice Teroni nous offre une présentation intitulée: Emotions and Fiction


An investigation into the nature of those emotions that are typically elicited by fictional works should be premised on an understanding of the relation that emotions bear to the mental states – perceptions, beliefs, episodes of imagining and so on – that provide them with their objects. After all, the question of the nature of our emotional responses to fiction is more in fact the question of the nature of the emotions elicited by our cognitive engagement with fiction. In the first part of my presentation, I shall offer reasons to think that the best way of understanding the relation at stake is the following one: an emotion is an evaluative attitude one takes towards the content provided by these other mental states.  In the process, I shall emphasize how an approach along these lines differs from well-known alternative accounts of the emotions and explain why it fosters an original understanding of the correctness conditions of emotions. This will provide the background for the second part in which I shall explore the impact of such an approach on some of the traditional issues surrounding affective responses to fiction. I shall more specifically be concerned with different types of emotions that are elicited by fiction as well as by the sorts of reasons one may have for them.