This paper follows a Deweyan suggestion and proposes a structure for emotional activity -pattern of sentiment-as a way to grasp emotional experience in its live occur- rence by building upon Dewey's crucial no- tion of situation. The first part outlines Dewey's criticisms of James's idea of emo- tion, and verifies the ways in which the re- cent developments of neuroscience overcome these. Given that Dewey's work is a propi- tious ground for continuing to renew the discourse about the activities of mind the second part of the paper outlines a pattern for emotional activity, setting up the first steps for a situational approach of Deweyan inspiration to the nature of emotion. I con- clude by pointing out how such a pattern may be a unifying tool for the different emotion theories briefly describing some of the rich directions it provides for future re- search on the philosophy of emotion.
- John dewey
- William James