Now online, a new article for the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology by Ondřej Švec (Charles University, Praha).
Ondřej Švec – “Emotional Conducts: A Phenomenological Account”
JBSP (Received 14 Sep 2021, Accepted 18 Jan 2023, Published online: 10 Feb 2023). OPEN ACCESS
Abstract: Drawing on Merleau-Ponty, I contend that emotions should be regarded as emerging from our “vital communication” with the solicitations of our physical and social surroundings. My intention is to present emotions as unitary phenomena arising from an incessant flow of motivations that can be later articulated in terms of reasons (in cognitive theories of emotions) or in terms of causes (in affective neuroscience). I further suggest that emotions should be considered a specific kind of conducts, since the way in which a person acts out her emotions shapes their content, regulates their intensity and transforms the amorphous flow of felt motivations into a recognizable emotional stance for which she is held accountable. In conclusion, I put forward a series of arguments explaining why emotion tends toward its expression in conduct as if towards its completion.
Ondřej Švec, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Charles University Faculty of Arts, Praha, Czech Republic
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