Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 237–259 | Cite as

The rainbow of emotions: at the crossroads of neurobiology and phenomenology

  • Natalie DeprazEmail author


This contribution seeks to explicitly articulate two directions of a continuous phenomenal field: (1) the genesis of intersubjectivity in its bodily basis (both organic and phylogenetic); and (2) the re-investment of the organic basis (both bodily and cellular) as a self-transcendence. We hope to recast the debate about the explanatory gap by suggesting a new way to approach the mind-body and Leib/Körper problems: with a heart-centered model instead of a brain-centered model. By asking how the physiological dynamics of heart and breath can become constitutive of a subjective (qua intersubjective) point of view, we give an account of the specific circular and systemic dynamic that we call “the rainbow of emotions.” This dynamic, we argue, is composed of both structural and experiential components and better evidences the seamless, non-dual articulation between the organic and the experiential.


Emotions Intersubjectivity Neurophenomenology Heart Coupling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PhilosophyUniversity of RouenRouenFrance
  2. 2.University of Paris IVParisFrance

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