Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, 8:505

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Emotion and ethics: An inter-(en)active approach

  • Giovanna ColombettiAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter Email author 
  • , Steve TorranceAffiliated withDepartment of Informatics, University of Sussex

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In this paper, we start exploring the affective and ethical dimension of what De Jaegher and Di Paolo (Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 6:485–507, 2007) have called ‘participatory sense-making’. In the first part, we distinguish various ways in which we are, and feel, affectively inter-connected in interpersonal encounters. In the second part, we discuss the ethical character of this affective inter-connectedness, as well as the implications that taking an ‘inter-(en)active approach’ has for ethical theory itself.


Participatory sense-making Enaction Emotion Empathy Ethics