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Conceptual Clarity Amidst an Abundance of Feelings

in Emotions and Personhood

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199660575
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754784 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199660575.003.0005

Series: ippp (international perspectives in phlosophy and psychiatry)

Conceptual Clarity Amidst an Abundance of Feelings

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This chapter should equip the reader with the necessary background material for our own account of the intimate relationship between emotions and personhood. Here the chapter introduces and briefly discusses three major philosophical theories of emotion (the feeling, cognitive, and narrative theories) and take a close look at two influential neuroscientific theories (those of Antonio Damasio and Jaak Panksepp). Emotions are the most embodied of our mental phenomena, and yet some of the most personal ones as well. The chapter argues that, on the one hand, to appreciate the significance of the embodied character of our emotional experience, we need to take seriously the (neuro)biological dimension of the experience. On the other hand, if we are to make sense of the ambivalence of biology and subjectivity that we find in our emotional experience, this requires, so we argue, an understanding of personhood.

Chapter.  18790 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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