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Becoming Human"The Ontogenesis, Metaphysics, and Expression of Human Emotionality"$
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Jennifer Greenwood

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029780

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029780.001.0001

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Introduction and Chapter Outlines

Introduction and Chapter Outlines

(p.1) 1 Introduction and Chapter Outlines
Becoming Human

Jennifer Greenwood

The MIT Press

This chapter introduces the theory to be developed in the book, namely, a novel theory of human emotional ontogenesis and expression and a metaphysics consistent with this. Human emotional ontogenesis takes place largely concurrently with language development and, by implication, symbolic thought. This concurrent development is due to the continuous interaction of inbuilt neonatal and maternal constraints repertoires which supports both the neurogenesis/maturation of neural circuits and the very close, linguistically-mediated social relationship of neonate and mother upon which further development depends. A radical externalist or transcranialist metaphysics supports this development. The chapter also outlines opposing perspectives in philosophy and psychology of emotion, and philosophy of mind, the problems associated with these positions and indicates how the new theory deals with them in the chapters which follow.

Keywords:   Emotional development, Human development, Externalism

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