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Emotion as the animation of value

Frances Bottenberg

pp. 141-156


In this chapter, Frances Bottenberg argues that influential contemporary theories of emotion have yet to solve the classic puzzle of how the peculiar felt aspect of emotion is to be linked with its normative salience for particular action. This is in part due to how little mainstream attention has so far been paid to the role of the first-person body in emotional life. Building on recent and classic phenomenological insights, Bottenberg argues that emotional drive is best understood as an intelligent sensitivity played out not simply in but by the first-person body. In this so-called animationist reading of emotional valuing, emotional drive expresses the constant intracorporeal enactment of and adaptation to the fluctuating agent/world relationship.

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Simmons J Aaron, Hackett James Edward (2016) Phenomenology for the twenty-first century. New York, Palgrave Macmillan.

Pages: 141-156

DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-55039-2_8

Full citation:

Bottenberg Frances (2016) „Emotion as the animation of value“, In: J.A. Simmons & J.E. Hackett (eds.), Phenomenology for the twenty-first century, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 141–156.