On Affect: Function and Phenomenology

  • Andreas Elpidorou Department of Philosophy, University of Louisville, KY, USA
Keywords: emotions, evolutionary functions, phenomenology


This paper explores the nature of emotions by considering what appear to be two differing, perhaps even conflicting, approaches to affectivity—an evolutionary functional account, on the one hand, and a phenomenological view, on the other. The paper argues for the centrality of the notion of function in both approaches, articulates key differences between them, and attempts to understand how such differences can be overcome.

How to Cite
Elpidorou, A. (2018). On Affect: Function and Phenomenology. HUMANA.MENTE Journal of Philosophical Studies, 11(34), 155-184. Retrieved from https://www.humanamente.eu/index.php/HM/article/view/216