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Lacewing, Michael (2007) Do Unconscious Emotions Involve Unconscious Feelings? Philosophical Psychology, 20 (1), pp. 81-104. [Journal Article]

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    The very idea of unconscious emotion has been thought puzzling. But in recent debate about emotions, comparatively little attention has been given explicitly to the question. I survey a number of recent attempts by philosophers to resolve the puzzle and provide some preliminary remarks about their viability. I identify and discuss three families of responses: unconscious emotions involve conscious feelings, unconscious emotions involve no feelings at all, and unconscious emotions involve unconscious feelings. The discussion is exploratory rather than decisive for three reasons. First, the aim is to provide a framework for the debate, and identify a number of key issues for further research. Second, a number of the positions depend for their plausibility upon theoretical commitments that can be made clear, but cannot be evaluated in detail, in a survey article. Third, I believe no fully satisfactory, comprehensive solution has yet been developed.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Psychology
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Dr Michael Lacewing
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 14:57
    Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 15:00
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/489

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