According to philosophers, is bliss an emotion? Or does it belong to a different category of thing?

Bliss is defined as according to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, as being "1. complete happiness 2. paradise, heaven". This isn't a very good definition, which is why the hope of trying to categorize it beforehand might provide a clue as to what it means.

Emotion is defined as that which is emoted, according to the cognitive appraisal theory of emotions.

  • there'll be lots on this, and i don't think it should be closed (definitely not just cos i can't answer it clearly) +1
    – andrós
    Commented Apr 27 at 3:55
  • you might want to read this and its supplement, spinoza on the emotions. also, stoicism maybe? i have not
    – andrós
    Commented Apr 27 at 6:54
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    Why does the answer matter to you? What will change when you get an answer? I have no idea why you would ask this.
    – Scott Rowe
    Commented Apr 27 at 11:25
  • @ScottRowe I will become a little less ignorant than I am today. "I only know that I know nothing." - Socrates.
    – Fomalhaut
    Commented Apr 27 at 16:42

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More philosophical mileage may come from examining bliss's synonym 'ecstasy'. To be ecstatic is to be transported, a valence of spirit.

ecstacy ... from Greek ekstasis, from ek "out" (see ex-) + histanai "to place, cause to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand, make or be firm."

Moved out from where one stands.

  • Not sure if this is correct. You could be moved out from one stands into Hell, but nobody would call that bliss.
    – Fomalhaut
    Commented Apr 27 at 16:46
  • @Fomalhaut The meaning mainly refers to the movement not the destination. Just out, ek-. Commented Apr 27 at 18:10
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    That's outstanding!
    – Scott Rowe
    Commented Apr 27 at 19:39

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