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Reflections On How We Live$
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Annette Baier

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.001.0001

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Getting in Touch With Our Own Feelings

Getting in Touch With Our Own Feelings

(p.111) 6 Getting in Touch With Our Own Feelings
Reflections On How We Live

Annette C. Baier

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses a person's understanding of his own feelings or the feelings of others. It focuses on René Descartes' contrast between consciousness of external objects and consciousness of a person's own thoughts and emotions, as well as Sigmund Freud's analogy, where he compares the consciousness of mental processes to the imperfect sense perception of the external world. The chapter concludes with an investigation of the difference between emotional and cognitive processes, recognizing the occurrence of ‘hot cognition’ and ‘frozen affect’ in identifying feelings.

Keywords:   feelings, René Descartes, consciousness, Sigmund Freud, mental processes, imperfect sense perception, external world, hot cognition, frozen affect

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