Are the Research Strategies of Philosophy Suited to the Study of Emotion

John Cogan



In this essay I will claim that some methodologies of western philosophy have failed us in the matter of understanding emotion insofar as they have omitted key features of the emotional experience in their accounts of emotion. I will claim that this is due to a kind of blindness that is at work in philosophy; a blindness that is a systemic blindness towards feeling. I will also suggest that an initial step that might be taken towards correction of this situation would be to adopt the ideal of rigor promoted by the phenomenologist Edmund Husserl.


philosophy; emotions; Edmund Husserl; MBTI® inventory

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