Moods and Appraisals: How the Phenomenology and Science of Emotions Can Come Together

Human Studies (4):1-27 (2013)
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In this paper, I articulate Heidegger’s notion of Befindlichkeit and show that his phenomenological account of affective existence can be understood in terms of contemporary work on emotions. By examining Heidegger’s account alongside contemporary accounts of emotions, I not only demonstrate the ways in which key aspects of the former are present in the latter; I also explicate in detail the ways in which our understanding of Befindlichkeit and its relationship to moods and emotions can benefit from an empirically-informed study of emotions


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Andreas Elpidorou
University of Louisville