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Can emotions communicate?

digital Can emotions communicate?
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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2013 - 3-4
title Can emotions communicate?
subtitle On Kierkegaard and Sartre and the relation between the inner and the outer
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 02-2014
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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There are many different theories as to how we are to understand the function and significance of the emotions. Kierkegaard was familiar with, and made use of, the classic responses given to that question by Descartes and Spinoza; but he nonetheless develops his own view of the emotions, one which is strongly reminiscent of the way in which Jean-Paul Sartre anchors his description of the emotions phenomenologically. In the small discourse Silhouettes from Part 1 of Either/Or, which will
be the primary text discussed in this article, Kierkegaard defines the emotions as a telegraphic report of what lies within a person. For Kierkegaard, emotions do consist of reactions to external circumstances, but at the same time the psychological and physical constitution of the person who reacts is decisive. In emotion, the significance of events manifests itself outwardly, which is why emotions reveal aspects of personality that would otherwise remain hidden. In what follows, we shall look at joy and sorrow in particular, and at what these emotions reveal about a person.

Keywords: communication, consciousness, Descartes, emotions, inner, joy, outer, psychology, Sartre, Silhouettes, sorrow, Spinoza, temperament


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