Phenomenological Reviews

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This volume offers perspectives on the theme of surprise crossing philosophical, phenomenological, scientific, psycho-physiology, psychiatric, and linguistic boundaries. The main question it examines is whether surprise is an emotion. It uses two main theoretical frameworks to do so: psychology, in which surprise is commonly considered a primary emotion, and philosophy, in which surprise is related to passions as opposed to reason. The book explores whether these views on surprise are satisfying or sufficient. It looks at the extent to which surprise is also a cognitive phenomenon and primitively embedded in language, and the way in which surprise is connected to personhood, the interpersonal, and moral emotions.

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Surprise, valence, emotion

the multivectorial integrative cardio-phenomenology of surprise

Natalie Depraz


Publication details

Publisher: Springer

Place: Dordrecht

Year: 2018

Pages: 189

Series: Contributions to Phenomenology

Series volume: 97

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98657-9

ISBN (hardback): 978-3-319-98656-2

ISBN (digital): 978-3-319-98657-9

Full citation:

Depraz Natalie, Steinbock Anthony (2018) Surprise: an emotion?. Dordrecht, Springer.