This volume sheds light on the affective dimensions of self-knowledge and the roles that emotions and other affective states play in promoting or obstructing our knowledge of ourselves. It is the first book specifically devoted to the issue of affective self-knowledge.
The relation between self-knowledge and human emotions is an often emphasized, but poorly articulated one. While philosophers of emotion tend to give affectivity a central role in making us who we are, the philosophical literature on self-knowledge focuses overwhelmingly on cognitive states and does not give a special place to the emotions. Currently there is little dialogue between both fields or with other philosophical traditions that have important contributions to make to this topic, such as phenomenology and Asian philosophy. This volume brings together philosophers from the relevant fields to explore two related sets of questions: First, do philosophers of emotion exaggerate the importance of our affective lives in making us who we are? Or is it philosophers of self-knowledge who misunderstand emotions? Second, what is the role of emotions in self-knowledge? What sort of self-knowledge can be secured by paying attention to our emotions?
Emotional Self-Knowledge is an essential resource for researchers and advanced students working on philosophy of emotion, philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophical psychology, and phenomenology.
Introduction: Self-Knowledge and Emotion Alba Montes Sánchez and Alessandro Salice Part 1: Affectivity and Self-Knowledge 1. Affective Forecasting and Substantial Self-Knowledge Uku Tooming and Kengo Miyazono 2. Alienated Emotions and Self-Knowledge Krista K. Thomason 3. Acquiring Self-Knowledge from Others Edward Harcourt 4. Emotions and the Contestation of Social Identities Bennett W. Helm 5. Emotion, Self-Knowledge, and Liberation in Indian Philosophy Matt MacKenzie Part 2: The Emotions, Self-Knowledge and Self-Ignorance 6. Good Enough to Be Myself?: The Fraught Relationship Between Self-Esteem and Self-Knowledge Anna Bortolan 7. Three Stages of Love, Narrative, and Self-Understanding Pilar Lopez-Cantero 8. Transitional Boredom: On Boredom and Self-Knowledge Antonio Gómez Ramos 9. Envy, Racial Hatred, and Self-Deception Alessandro Salice and Alba Montes Sánchez 10. Hostile Affective States and Their Self-Deceptive Styles: Envy and Hate Íngrid Vendrell Ferran