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On Perception and Autonomy Considered through the Phenomenological Understanding of Emotion Described by Kym Maclaren

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Erika Grimm

California State University, Fullerton, US
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Female philosopher Kym Maclaren, in her article, “Emotional Metamorphoses: The Role of Others in Becoming a Subject,” explores a phenomenological view on emotion as being-in-the-world as well as the ethical implications of understanding emotion in opposition to the moralistic view. In the first part of this paper, I provide an exegetical assessment of Maclaren’s thesis; in the second I introduce a critique of Maclaren’s argument and argue a claim of my own which explores perception and autonomy in the human body along with its implications in the context of Maclaren’s phenomenological account of emotion. I discuss the necessity of both emotion and reason in morality and argue that the traditional definition of autonomy is not plausible when considered through Maclaren’s phenomenological view of emotion. Finally, I work to creatively explore a new definition of autonomy that does cohere with this view.

How to Cite: Grimm, E., 2015. On Perception and Autonomy Considered through the Phenomenological Understanding of Emotion Described by Kym Maclaren. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 7(2), pp.22 (171–178). DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2155-4838.1139
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Published on 29 May 2015.
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