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Knowing Emotions: Truthfulness and Recognition in Affective Experience

Rick Anthony Furtak


Emotions are not merely physiological disturbances: they are experiences through which we apprehend truths about ourselves and the world. Emotions embody an understanding that is accessible to us only by means of affective experience. Only through emotions can we perceive meaning in life, and only by feeling emotions are we capable of recognizing the value or significance of anything whatsoever. Our affective responses and dispositions therefore play a critical role in our apprehension of meaningful truth—furthermore, their felt quality is intimately related to the awareness that they provide. ... More

Keywords: emotion, cognition, feeling, meaning, value, significance, attunement, love, care, truth-knowing emotion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190492045
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190492045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rick Anthony Furtak, author
Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Colorado College

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