Drummond, John and Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl (eds.): Emotional Experiences: Ethical and Social Significance, Rowman & Littlefield, London and New York, 2018, 209 pp, ISBN: 978-1-78660-146-9, US-$120.00 (hardbound), $39.95 (paper), $37.95 (eBook); £80.00 (hardbound), £24.95 (paper), £24.95 (eBook)
This volume is a welcome addition to the burgeoning work on emotion. It features chapters by philosophers working mainly within the Husserlian phenomenological tradition, sometimes consulting pertinent work in analytic philosophy of mind and experimental moral psychology. As the editors explain in their introduction, distinctive of the Husserlian approach is its primary aim of isolating the essential structure of the various emotions (i.e., those aspects without which it would not be the kind of emotion it is) by providing accurate, fine-grained first-personal descriptions of them which then provide a basis for further philosophical theorizing. Contrasted with the sort of phenomenological inquiry whose primary aim is explanatory, Husserlian phenomenologists “do not inquire into the causal role of emotions and do not consider emotions as factors operative within the framework of causal explanations […] (although without denying the relevance of causal explanations in general).” Rather,...
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