Knowing Emotions: Replies to de Sousa, Beisecker, and Gallegos

Keywords: emotion, moods, perception, embodiment, truth


Beginning with de Sousa's question about how my position is related to that of "enactive" theorists, I spell out my emphasis on the unity of affective experience, and say more about my conception of the emotional "a priori." In response to Beisecker, I elaborate by way of a literary example on how a significant fact can exist without yet having 'registered' in one's emotional awareness, and on the basis of this I reject the claim that emotions constitute significance. Finally, prompted by Gallegos, I elaborate on why, on my view, a valuable thing must have indeterminately many axiological qualities, and explain how a multifaceted world can ground a plurality of emotional standpoints.


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How to Cite
Furtak, Rick A. 2020. “Knowing Emotions: Replies to De Sousa, Beisecker, and Gallegos”. Journal of Philosophy of Emotion 1 (1), 135-45.