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The Feeling Body: Affective Science Meets the Enactive Mind

Giovanna Colombetti

Abstract

In this book I conceptualize various affective phenomena from the perspective of the “enactive” approach in cognitive science and philosophy of mind. I begin by arguing that affectivity is not a contingent psychological faculty, but an essential and pervasive dimension of our embodied existence, and more broadly of all living organisms (chapter 1). I then turn to existing affective-scientific accounts of the emotions (basic emotion theory, psychological constructionist approaches, the component process model), emphasising some of their main limitations (chapter 2), and then offering an enactiv ... More

Keywords: Enactive approach, Affective science, Affectivity, Feeling, Emotion, Embodiment, Phenomenology, Neurophenomenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262019958
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019958.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giovanna Colombetti, author