this book is hard to read. it is straight up philosophy, so lots of explaining distinctions meticulously. also, every so often talking about previous theories (from the 60s- the 80s) that he's refuting. he likes aristotle's and sartre's ideas about the nature and function of emotions. he's big on emotions' drive being about fitting into a perceived narrative. there's a difference between: the emotion, an emotional episode, a character trait. and then there's the difference between emotions and moods. and how he does NOT believe that belief and desire direct our emotions. this would be overintellectualizing them, which i interpret to mean putting limits on them and not fully understanding them. emotions are always intentional, they always have an object. he includes great passages from proust and tolstoy and a great examples about slimy pudding or killing your hamster by accidental neglect. disgust and guilt, people. more later.