Feelings - sketch of a non-reductive, holistic understanding

Autor(en): Slaby, Jan
Stichwörter: Philosophy
Erscheinungsdatum: 2007
Herausgeber: FROMMANN-HOLZBOOG
Journal: ALLGEMEINE ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PHILOSOPHIE
Volumen: 32
Ausgabe: 3
Startseite: 207
Seitenende: 225
Zusammenfassung: 
It is shown that hedonic bodily sensations are intentional states and moreover that they are constitutively embedded within the system of conceptual contents which is a person's self-understanding. This is illustrated by focusing on the exemplary case of bodily pain. Pains are not simply qualia, but rather complex evaluations of bodily processes. While the resulting account is holistic, there still is a certain priority of hedonic sensations when it comes to the constitution of what is significant for a person. The hedonically sensitive ``felt body'' assumes priority over objective and intersubjective factors in the process of value constitution. Still, this does neither result in a primitivism concerning sensations nor in a version of hedonistic foundationalism.
ISSN: 03407969

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