The Irreducibility of Emotional Phenomenology

Erkenntnis 1:1-28 (2018)
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Jonathan Mitchell
University of Manchester
Abstract
Emotion theory includes attempts to reduce or assimilate emotions to states such as bodily feelings, beliefs-desire combinations, and evaluative judgements. Resistance to such approaches is motivated by the claim that emotions possess a sui generis phenomenology. Uriah Kriegel defends a new form of emotion reductivism which avoids positing irreducible emotional phenomenology by specifying emotions’ phenomenal character in terms of a combination of other phenomenologies. This article argues Kriegel’s approach, and similar proposals, are unsuccessful, since typical emotional experiences are constituted by sui generis feelings towards value.
Keywords Emotion  Value  Phenomenology  Reductivism  Experience
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-018-0075-8
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