Feeling, Orientation and Agency in Kant: A Response to Merritt and Eran

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On my interpretation of Kant, feeling plays a central role in the mind: it has the distinct function of tracking and evaluating our activity in relation to ourselves and the world so as to orient us. In this paper, I set out to defend this view against a number of objections raised by Melissa Merritt and Uri Eran. I conclude with some reflections on the fact that, despite being very different, Merritt and Eran’s respective views of Kantian feelings turn out to have something potentially problematic in common: they blur the boundary between feelings and other kinds of mental states.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-39
JournalKantian Review
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Kant
  • feeling
  • emotion
  • agency
  • orientation
  • pleasure
  • desire
  • intentionality


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