Emotions and Personhood

in Emotions and Personhood

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199660575
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191754784 | DOI:

Series: ippp (international perspectives in phlosophy and psychiatry)

Emotions and Personhood

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Chapter 6 approaches the various feelings involved in our emotional experience by means of two broad phenomenological categories, moods and affects. This initial distinction enables us to get a conceptual grip on the intentional and temporal structures of our feelings. The chapter goes on to argue that narrative structures are fundamental to how a person understands and copes with his or her emotional experience. Our hermeneutical approach concentrates on how a person relates to and makes sense of emotional experience. Narratives are central to this interpretive endeavour, because they enable us to articulate the relationship between emotions and personhood by emphasising what our feelings mean to our identity as persons. By combining this hermeneutic approach with the notion of care a language is provided for our emotions that exploits the ambivalent nature of human personhood to make sense of our sometimes ineffable feelings.

Chapter.  22279 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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