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date: 16 October 2019

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This article considers the use of emotion and motivation as analytic tools for understanding politics. It outlines the distinction among different categories of feelings that have been often lumped together in order to discourage conceptual overextension. These include urges, reflexes, affective allegiances, moods, and moral sentiments. This article compares internal and external motives and discusses political analysts' efforts to find ways to make unconscious system imperatives or false consciousness into conscious ones which can be resisted.

Keywords: emotion, motivation, politics, feelings, conceptual overextension, false consciousness, affective allegiances, moral sentiments, urges, reflexes

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