On Affect: Function and Phenomenology

Humana Mente 11 (34):155-184 (2018)
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Abstract

This paper explores the nature of emotions by considering what appear to be two differing, perhaps even conflicting, approaches to affectivity—an evolutionary functional account, on the one hand, and a phenomenological view, on the other. The paper argues for the centrality of the notion of function in both approaches, articulates key differences between them, and attempts to understand how such differences can be overcome.

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Andreas Elpidorou
University of Louisville

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