Thonhauser, Gerhard – 2019
Within the conceptual field of affect and emotion, feeling unites bodily affection and intentional orientation to the world in a way that entails an irreducible form of self-awareness – a feeling is always experienced by someone and involves an evaluation of one’s own situation. However, this focus on experience does not mean that feelings are “mental states” insulated from social interaction and corporeal embeddedness. The chapter draws on a phenomenological notion of embodiment that emphasizes an understanding of the feeling body as the scene of relatedness and embeddedness. This suggests that feelings are relational, processual, and interactively embodied within the dynamics of corporeal affection.