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What does a mood, such as free-floating depression or euphoria, havein common with an episode of indignation whose reasons can beprecisely articulated? The first seems to have as its object nothingand everything, and often admits of no particular justification; thesecond has a long story to tell, typically involving other people andwhat they have done or said. Not only these people, but the relevantfacts about the situations involved, as well as some of the specialfacts about those situations, aspects of those facts, the causal roleplayed by these aspects, and even the typical aims of the actionsmotivated by the emotions can all in some context or other be labeledobjects of emotion. The wide range of possible objects is suggested bythe many different ways we fill in ascriptions of emotions. If someoneis indignant, then there is some object o or propositionp such that the person is indignant at or with o,about p or that p, because of p, or invirtue of p.

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