Tensed Emotions, Evolution, and Time

Pearson, Olley (2018) Tensed Emotions, Evolution, and Time. Philosophia, 46 (2). pp. 401-409. ISSN 0048-3893

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Prior showed that one could be relieved that the exams were over and not that they finished before a certain date or before a certain entity. One might think that these differences in relief are responsive to differences in the world so that there is more to the exams being over than them finishing before a certain date or entity: there is a metaphysical tense. However, some have argued that these issues do not have any implications for the metaphysics of time because they can be explained with an evolutionary account: emotions can have a causal influence on events that come after them but not on events that come before them and so it evolutionarily advantageous that emotions that concern events after them feel and evaluate differently to those that concern events before them. Here I will argue that to date these evolutionary accounts remain insufficient and emotions continue to put pressure on those who deny there is a metaphysical tense. Prior’s case shows that tensed and tenseless emotions differ in appropriateness. This asymmetry of value is not explained by the evolutionary account because whether or not an emotion is tensed is quite independent of whether it comes before or after something.

Keywords:metaphysics
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
Divisions:College of Arts
ID Code:36690
Deposited On:27 Aug 2019 08:39

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