Two Versions of the Emotional Intentionality Thesis. A Contemporary Look at Meinong and Scheler - Íngrid Vendrell Ferran - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Filosofia Neo-Scolastica Vita e Pensiero

Two Versions of the Emotional Intentionality Thesis. A Contemporary Look at Meinong and Scheler

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Thesis. A Contemporary Look at Meinong and Scheler
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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2021 - 4. Alexius Meinong and His Contemporaries
title Two Versions of the Emotional Intentionality Thesis. A Contemporary Look at Meinong and Scheler
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Publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 03-2022
doi 10.26350/001050_000307
issn 0035-6247 (print) | 1827-7926 (digital)
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According to «the emotional intentionality thesis», emotional experiences exhibit a sui generis intentional structure which consists in presenting the values of the objects they target. This paper examines the versions of this thesis put forward by Meinong and Scheler. While Meinong’s «emotional presentation account» maintains that emotions present values, Scheler’s «value-ception account» carefully distinguishes between the apprehension of value in a  feeling and the emotional response. The comparative study of both accounts is articulated around two issues central to contemporary emotion research: 1) the «epistemic question» that examines which emotional experience is in  fact responsible for the apprehension of value; and 2) the «cognitive bases question» which explores the relation between emotional experiences and the cognitive states responsible for presenting the objects targeted by the  emotions. After introducing the emotional intentionality thesis and its historical roots in Brentano (section 1), the next two sections examine in turn the versions of this thesis provided by Meinong and Scheler (sections 2 and 3). The  paper concludes by summarizing the results of the comparative study and extracting some teachings for current research (section 4).

keywords

Intentionality; Value; Emotion; Feeling; Meinong; Scheler, Value-feeling; Value-ception

Author biography

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. Email: VendrellFerran@em.uni-frankfurt.de

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