Emotions in Heidegger and Sartre

Anthony Hatzimoysis

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199235018
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Emotions in Heidegger and Sartre

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Phenomenology has done more than any other school of thought for bringing emotions to the forefront of philosophical enquiry. The main reason for the interest shown by phenomenologists in the nature of emotions is perhaps not easily discernible. It might be thought that phenomenologists focus on emotions because the felt quality of most emotional states renders them a privileged object of enquiry into the phenomenal properties of human experience. That view, in its turn, might lead one to think that phenomenologists attend to emotional experience for its highly subjective character. On the contrary, it is the ability of emotions to engage with reality that makes them crucial for phenomenological analysis. Emotional experience is an opening to the salient features of a situation; undergoing an emotion is a way in which the world manifests itself to us. The exact character of that manifestation is the main topic of discussion in this article.

Keywords: phenomenology; emotional states; felt quality; human experience; emotional experience; human experience

Article.  9760 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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