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Goldie’s Puzzling Two Feelings: ‘Bodily Feeling’ and ‘Feeling Toward’

(Original title: Goldie’s Puzzling Two Feelings: ‘Bodily Feeling’ and ‘Feeling Toward’)
Organon F, 2009, vol. 16, No 3, pp. 317-327.
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Emotion theorists in contemporary discussion have divided into two camps. The one claims that emotions are reducible to bodily feelings; the other holds that emotions are reducible to belief, desire or evaluative judgement. In an effort to avoid such reductionist view, Goldie suggests that emotions involve two kinds of feelings: bodily feel­ings and feeling towards. In spite of Goldie’s efforts, I argue that ex­plaining our emotional disposition in terms of ‘feeling toward’ re­mains distinctly unsatisfactory. Furthermore, though sympathetic to his project, I give reasons for doubting that there are two such distinct kinds of feeling, one of which has only borrowed intentionality, while the other has intentionality intrinsically.

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