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The Real Issue with Recalcitrant Emotions: Reply to Grzankowski

  • Hichem NaarEmail author
Critical Discussion


In a recent paper in this journal, Alex Grzankowski sets out to defend cognitivism about emotion against what he calls the ‘problem of recalcitrance’ that many contemporary theorists take as a strong reason to reject the view. Given the little explicit discussion we find of it in a large part of the literature, however, it is not clear why exactly recalcitrant emotions are supposed to constitute a problem for cognitivism in the first place. Grzankowski outlines an argument that he thinks is at play in theorists’ widespread rejection of cognitivism, and goes on to answer it on behalf of the cognitivist. In this reply, I argue that Grzankowski is concerned with the wrong argument.



I thank François Jaquet and an anonymous reviewer for comments and discussion on a previous version of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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