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The Feeling Brain

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/9780199660575.003.0008

Series: ippp (international perspectives in phlosophy and psychiatry)

The Feeling Brain

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Chapter 7 looks at the normative aspect of emotions. Whereas the previous chapter dealt with the experiential features of emotional experience and the way we as persons understand and cope with our emotions, this chapter will explore the relation between ontological conceptions of emotion and normativity. In a critical discussion of the theories of Jesse Prinz and Matthew Ratcliffe, it argues that neither a strict evolutionary explanation nor a strict phenomenological explanation is able to account for the normative aspect of emotional experience. Instead, it focuses on the fragile nature of human well-being and argue that moods, and bad moods in particular, may help us understand the normative complexity involved in being a person. The chapter ends with some remarks on the question of emotional vulnerability, which serve as an introduction to the more explicit explorations into the psychopathology of emotions in the third part of the book.

Chapter.  17205 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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