David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 10 (2):241-259 (2011)
The following text is the first ever translation into English of a writing by German phenomenologist Hermann Schmitz (*1928). In it, Schmitz outlines and defends a non-mentalistic view of emotions as phenomena in interpersonal space in conjunction with a theory of the felt body’s constitutive involvement in human experience. In the first part of the text, Schmitz gives an overview covering some central pieces of his theory as developed, for the most part, in his massive System of Philosophy, published in German in a series of volumes between 1964 and 1980. Schmitz’s System is centred on the claim that the contemporary view of the human subject is the result of a consequential historical process: A reductionist and ‘introjectionist’ objectification of lived experience culminating in the ‘invention’ of the mind (or ‘soul’) as a private, inner realm of subjective experience and in a corresponding ‘grinding down’ of the world of lived experienced to a meagre, value-neutral ‘objective reality’. To counter this intellectualist trend, Schmitz puts to use his approach to phenomenology with the aim of regaining a sensibility for the nuanced realities of lived experience—hoping to make up for what was lost during the development of Western intellectual culture. Since both this text and the overall style of Schmitz’s philosophising are in several ways unusual for a contemporary readership, a brief introduction is provided by philosophers Jan Slaby and Rudolf Owen Müllan, the latter of whom translated Schmitz’s text into English. The introduction emphasises aspects of Schmitz’s philosophy that are likely to be of relevance to contemporary scholars of phenomenological philosophy and to its potential applications in science and society
|Keywords||Emotion Felt body Atmosphere Subjectivity Embodiment|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
H. Schmitz (2004). Was bleibt vom Bewesstsein? Fenomenologia 2:23-40.
Citations of this work BETA
Albert A. Johnstone (2012). The Deep Bodily Roots of Emotion. Husserl Studies 28 (3):179-200.
Similar books and articles
Jan Slaby (2008). Affective Intentionality and the Feeling Body. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 7 (4):429-444.
Matthew Ratcliffe (2008). Feelings of Being: Phenomenology, Psychiatry and the Sense of Reality. Oxford University Press.
Corinna Lagemann (2010). The Notion of Personhood and Time in Phenomenological Thought. Martin Heidegger and Hermann Schmitz. Hybris 12.
Joel M. Potter (2012). Arguments From the Priority of Feeling From Contemporary Emotion Theory and Max Scheler's Phenomenology. Quaestiones Disputatae 3 (1):215-225.
Gesa Lindemann & Millay Hyatt (2011). The Lived Human Body From the Perspective of the Shared World (Mitwelt). Journal of Speculative Philosophy 24 (3):275-291.
Hermann Schmitz (1974). Das leibliche Befinden und die Gefühle. Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 28 (3):325 - 338.
Barbara Schmitz (2004). The Voices of Wittgenstein. The Vienna Circle. Ludwig Wittgenstein and Friedrich Waismann. Original German Texts and English Translations. Transcribed, Edited and with an Introduction by Gordon Baker. Translated by Gordon Baker, Michael Mackert, John Connolly and Vasilis Politis. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 60 (2):271-274.
Hermann Schmitz (1992). Sind Tiere Bewußthaber?. Über die Quelle unserer Du-Evidenz. Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 46 (3):329 - 347.
Robert C. Solomon (2004). Emotions, Thoughts, and Feelings: Emotions as Engagements with the World. In Thinking About Feeling: Contemporary Philosophers on Emotions. Oxford University Press. 1-18.
Kenneth L. Schmitz (1986). Purity of Soul and Immortality. The Monist 69 (3):396-415.
Peter Goldie (2004). Emotion, Feeling, and Knowledge of the World. In Robert C. Solomon (ed.), Thinking About Feeling: Contemporary Philosophers on Emotions. Oxford University Press.
Karl Schmitz-Moormann (1987). On the Evolution of Human Freedom. Zygon 22 (4):443-458.
Kenneth L. Schmitz (1984). World and Word In Theophany. Faith and Philosophy 1 (1):50-70.
Hermann Schmitz (1960). Die Vorbereitung von Hegels "Phänomenologie des Geistes" in seiner "Jenenser Logik". Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 14 (1):16 - 39.
Added to index2011-02-11
Total downloads95 ( #18,702 of 1,696,294 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #137,999 of 1,696,294 )
How can I increase my downloads?