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Emotions and Personhood 

Emotions and Personhood
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Emotions and Personhood
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10.1093/med/9780199660575.003.0007
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date: 23 July 2019

Chapter 6 approaches the various feelings involved in our emotional experience by means of two broad phenomenological categories, moods and affects. This initial distinction enables us to get a conceptual grip on the intentional and temporal structures of our feelings. The chapter goes on to argue that narrative structures are fundamental to how a person understands and copes with his or her emotional experience. Our hermeneutical approach concentrates on how a person relates to and makes sense of emotional experience. Narratives are central to this interpretive endeavour, because they enable us to articulate the relationship between emotions and personhood by emphasising what our feelings mean to our identity as persons. By combining this hermeneutic approach with the notion of care a language is provided for our emotions that exploits the ambivalent nature of human personhood to make sense of our sometimes ineffable feelings.

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