Paradoxes of Emotional Life: Second-Order Emotions

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Heidegger explains our emotional life using three schemes: causal explanation, mental internalisation of emotions and metaphorical expression. None of the three schemes explains emotion though. Either because the causal nexus does not always occur or because objects and people in the external world are carriers of emotional agents or because language is already on a metaphorical level. Moreover, how is it possible that there are presently emotions constituting our life without our being aware of their existence? From the analysis of boredom in its three varieties (“bored by X”, “get oneself bored”, and “it is boring”) we will get to the depth where emotions lie, trying to rouse them and to keep them awake. Although it surfaces with the force and energy of the present, every emotion has its past and future constitution. How can we understand the future of a present emotion along with its past?
Original languageEnglish
Article number109
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
Issue number7(5)
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Depth
  • Boredom
  • Heidegger
  • Wallace Stevens
  • Carl Jung


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