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Knowing Emotions: Truthfulness and Recognition in Affective Experience

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2019.06.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rick Anthony Furtak, Knowing Emotions: Truthfulness and Recognition in Affective Experience, Oxford University Press, 2018, 248pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190492045. Reviewed by Talia Morag, Deakin University Rick Anthony Furtak presents a coherent and consistent "cognitive" view of emotions, whereby emotions are intentional and embodied states of mind, which give us epistemic access to aspects of the world that bear on our cares and concerns, thereby also enabling self-knowledge of what is significant to us. His book enjoys a density and breadth of references and influences. It is scientifically informed and up-to-date with the latest philosophical literature just as much as it is grounded in the history of philosophy, fruitfully engaging with both Anglo-American philosophy and Continental philosophy, in particular phenomenology and existentialism. Furtak begins by opposing the "cognitive" theories of emotions, which argue that emotions are intentional and provide us information... Read More

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