Do unconscious emotions involve unconscious feelings?

Philosophical Psychology 20 (1):81-104 (2007)

Michael Lacewing
University College London
The very idea of unconscious emotion has been thought puzzling. But in recent debate about emotions, comparatively little attention has been given explicitly to the question. I survey a number of recent attempts by philosophers to resolve the puzzle and provide some preliminary remarks about their viability. I identify and discuss three families of responses: unconscious emotions involve conscious feelings, unconscious emotions involve no feelings at all, and unconscious emotions involve unconscious feelings. The discussion is exploratory rather than decisive for three reasons. First, the aim is to provide a framework for the debate, and identify a number of key issues for further research. Second, a number of the positions depend for their plausibility upon theoretical commitments that can be made clear, but cannot be evaluated in detail, in a survey article. Third, I believe no fully satisfactory, comprehensive solution has yet been developed
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/09515080601023402
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 43,822
External links

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

View all 46 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Qual a motivação para se defender uma teoria causal da memória?César Schirmer Dos Santos - 2018 - In Juliano Santos do Carmo & Rogério F. Saucedo Corrêa (eds.), Linguagem e cognição. Pelotas: NEPFil. pp. 63-89.

View all 9 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

How Will I Recognize My Conscience When I Find It?Christine Gudorf - 1986 - Philosophy and Theology 1 (1):64-83.
On Unconscious Emotions.Michael Fox - 1973 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 34 (December):151-170.
Unconscious and Disguised Emotions.Harvey Mullane - 1976 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 36 (March):403-411.
Conscious and Unconscious Processing of Emotional Faces.Jack Honvank & Edward H. F. Haaden - 2001 - In Beatrice De Gelder, Edward H. F. De Haan & Charles A. Heywood (eds.), Out of Mind: Varieties of Unconscious Processes. Oxford University Press. pp. 222-237.
Unconscious Emotions: A Reply to Professor Mullane's Unconscious and Disguised Emotions.Michael Fox - 1976 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 36 (March):412-414.


Added to PP index

Total views
135 ( #57,129 of 2,265,055 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #607,349 of 2,265,055 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature