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Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality

Feeling Together and Caring with One Another

A Contribution to the Debate on Collective Affective Intentionality

Authors: Sánchez Guerrero, Héctor Andrés

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  • Provides a phenomenologically adequate account of collective affective intentionality that takes seriously the idea that feelings are central to our emotional relation to the world
  • Shows that at the heart of an episode of joint feeling we find a mode of caring that characterizes us as humans
  • Reconciles two philosophical pictures of human nature: the idea that we are essentially social beings and the idea that we are creatures for whom personal existence is an issue
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This book examines the human ability to participate in moments of joint feeling. It presents an answer to the question concerning the nature of our faculty to share in what might be called episodes of collective affective intentionality. The proposal develops the claim that our capacity to participate in such episodes is grounded in an ability central to our human condition: our capacity to care with one another about certain things.

The author provides a phenomenologically adequate account of collective affective intentionality that takes seriously the idea that feelings are at the core of our emotional relation to the world. He details a form of group emotional orientation that relies on the fact that the participating individuals have come to share a number of concerns. Readers will learn that at the heart of a collective affective intentional episode, one does not merely find a set of shared concerns, but also a particular mode of caring.

In the end, the argument presented in this monograph makes plausible the idea that the emotions through which humans participate in moments of affective intentional community express our nature. In addition, it shows that the debate on collective affective intentionality also permits us to better understand the relationship between two conflicting philosophical pictures of ourselves: the idea that we are essentially social beings and the claim that we are creatures for whom our personal existence is an issue.

Thus, aiming at an elucidation of the nature of our ability to feel together, the book offers a detailed account of what it is to situationally express our human nature by caring about something in a properly joint manner.

About the authors

H. Andrés Sánchez Guerrero works as a clinician at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine of the University Hospital Münster (Germany). His particular research interests include the philosophy of emotion, the philosophy of collective intentionality, social ontology, and the phenomenologically inspired philosophy of psychiatry. He has contributed with different papers to these research areas and reviewed for the Journal of Social Ontology. Before returning to clinical practice, he worked in the frame of the research project ‘Emotional Experience in Depression’ at the Institute of Cognitive Science of the University of Osnabrück (Germany). He studied for his MSc and PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück, after having studied Medicine in Bogotá (Colombia) and Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Basel (Switzerland).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-27

    Sánchez Guerrero, Héctor Andrés

  • Felt Understanding: A View of Affective Intentionality

    Pages 31-67

    Sánchez Guerrero, Héctor Andrés

  • Our Ability to Feel-Towards Together: Collective Affective Intentionality Preliminarily Conceived

    Pages 69-96

    Sánchez Guerrero, Héctor Andrés

  • Shared Feelings and Joint Feeling: The Problem of Collective Affective Intentionality Specified

    Pages 97-127

    Sánchez Guerrero, Héctor Andrés

  • Affectively-Enabled Shared Belongingness to the World

    Pages 131-168

    Sánchez Guerrero, Héctor Andrés

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Feeling Together and Caring with One Another
Book Subtitle
A Contribution to the Debate on Collective Affective Intentionality
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33735-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33735-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33734-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81587-9
Series ISSN
2542-9094
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 283
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