The “puzzle” of emotional plasticity

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The “puzzle” of emotional plasticity concerns making sense of two conflicting bodies of evidence: evidence that emotions often appear modular in key respects, and evidence that our emotions also often appear to transcend this modularity. In this paper, I argue a developmentalist approach to emotion, which builds on Karmiloff-Smith’s (1986, 1992, 1994, 2015) work on cognitive development, can help us dissolve this puzzle.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)546-568
Number of pages23
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2022


  • Emotional plasticity
  • Karmiloff-Smith
  • modularity
  • recalcitrant emotions
  • representation redescription


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