A Theory of Primary Emotions

  • Peter A. Bertocci
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


In this chapter I deliberately argue the case for primary emotions by reference to the emotion respect. We shall thus be considering the kind of problem that faces this attempt to see in certain emotions the essence of human, unlearned, motivational predispositions.


Conscious Experience Deferential Behavior Emotive Tendency Submissive Behavior Primary Emotion 
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Notes for Chapter Seven

  1. 1.
    Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book IV, for example, 1220a.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    William McDougall, Outline of Psychology (New York: Scribner’s Sons, 1923), 424.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    John T. MacCurdy remarks: “Turn to almost any textbook of psychology and you will see a problem stated in terms of many different emotions, but the answer given in terms of one.” Psychology of Emotion: Morbid and Normal (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1925), 41.Google Scholar
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    From Nikolaas Tinbergen, The Study of Instinct (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950), 205, as quoted in Ronald Fletcher: Instinct in Man: In the Light of Recent Work in Comparative Psychology (London: Allen and Unwin, 1957).Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter A. Bertocci
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  1. 1.Borden Parker Bowne Professor Emeritus of PhilosophyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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