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


DOI: 10.1007/s11097-009-9137-3

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Colombetti, G. & Torrance, S. Phenom Cogn Sci (2009) 8: 505. doi:10.1007/s11097-009-9137-3


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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and PhilosophyUniversity of ExeterExeterUK
  2. 2.Department of InformaticsUniversity of SussexFalmerUK

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