Contributions to Phenomenology

Surprise: An Emotion?

Editors: Depraz, Natalie, Steinbock, Anthony J. (Eds.)

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  • Examines surprise through an interdisciplinary lens
  • Promotes an enriched descriptive understanding of a complex and multidimensional intentionality
  • Details the receptive phenomenon of both surprising and being surprised
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This volume offers perspectives on the theme of surprise crossing philosophical, phenomenological, scientific, psycho-physiology, psychiatric, and linguistic boundaries. The main question it examines is whether surprise is an emotion. It uses two main theoretical frameworks to do so: psychology, in which surprise is commonly considered a primary emotion, and philosophy, in which surprise is related to passions as opposed to reason. The book explores whether these views on surprise are satisfying or sufficient. It looks at the extent to which surprise is also a cognitive phenomenon and primitively embedded in language, and the way in which surprise is connected to personhood, the interpersonal, and moral emotions.

Many philosophers of different traditions, a number of experimental studies conducted over the last decades, recent works in linguistics, and ancestral wisdom testimonies refer to surprise as a crucial experience of both rupture and openness in bodily and inner life. However, surprise is a theme that has not been dealt with directly and systematically in philosophy, in the sciences, in linguistics, or in spiritual traditions. This volume accomplishes just that.

About the authors

Natalie Depraz is Professor of Philosophy, Rouen Normandy University and University Member at the Husserl Archives, ENS-CNRS, Paris. She works in phenomenology, psychology, Christianity and Buddhism, and its articulations with cognitive sciences and psychiatry and is involved in developing first person methodologies as crossed with third person experimental analysis in the general framework of microphenomenology. Book publications include for example Attention et vigilance. A la croisée de la phénoménologie et des sciences cognitives (PUF, Epiméthée, 2014, am. Transl. with Northwestern in prep.), On becoming aware: a pragmatics of experiencing (with P. Vermersch & F. J. Varela) (Benjamins Press, 2003), Lucidité du corps. De l’empirisme transcendantal en phénoménologie (Kluwer, 2001),Transcendance et incarnation. L’altérité à soi comme intersubjectivité chez E. Husserl (Vrin, 1995). She is Editor-in-Chief, Alter: Revue de Phénoménologie, Paris and co-edited Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (2001-2006).

Anthony Steinbock is Professor of Philosophy and Interim Chair, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Director, Phenomenology Research Center. He works in the areas of phenomenology, social ontology, aesthetics, and religious philosophy. Book publications include,It’s Not about the Gift: From Givenness to Loving (Rowman & Littlefield Int., 2018), Limit-Phenomena and Phenomenology in Husserl (Rowman & Littlefield Int., 2017), Moral Emotions: Reclaiming the Evidence of the Heart (Northwestern, 2014; 2015 Symposium Book Award), Phenomenology and Mysticism: The Verticality of Religious Experience (Indiana, 2007/2009; 2009 Edward Goodwin Ballard Book Prize in Phenomenology), Home and Beyond: Generative Phenomenology after Husserl (Northwestern, 1995). He is the translator of Edmund Husserl, Analyses Concerning Passive and Active Synthesis:  Lectures on Transcendental Logic (Kluwer, 2001). He serves as Editor-in-Chief, Continental Philosophy Review, and as General Editor, Northwestern University Press “SPEP” Series.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Surprise as Emotion: Between Startle and Humility

    Pages 3-21

    Steinbock, Anthony J.

  • Surprise, Valence, Emotion: The Multivectorial Integrative Cardio-Phenomenology of Surprise

    Pages 23-52

    Depraz, Natalie

  • The Temporal Dynamic of Emotional Emergence, Surprise and Depression

    Pages 55-71

    Desmidt, Thomas

  • Animal and Human Models of Startle, Emotion, and Depression

    Pages 73-80

    Brizard, Bruno

  • If the Body Is Part of Our Discourse, Why Not Let It Speak? Five Critical Perspectives

    Pages 83-95

    Sheets-Johnstone, Maxine

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Surprise: An Emotion?
Editors
  • Natalie Depraz
  • Anthony J. Steinbock
Series Title
Contributions to Phenomenology
Series Volume
97
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98657-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98657-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98656-2
Series ISSN
0923-9545
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 189
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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