The emotions occupy a fundamental place in philosophy, going back to Aristotle. However, the phenomenology of the emotions has until recently remained a relatively neglected topic. The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Emotion is an outstanding guide and reference source to this important and fascinating topic. Comprising forty-nine chapters by a team of international contributors, this handbook covers the following topics:

  • historical perspectives, including Brentano, Husserl, Sartre, Levinas and Arendt;
  • contemporary debates, including existential feelings, situated affectivity, embodiment, art, morality and feminism;
  • self-directed and individual emotions, including happiness, grief, self-esteem and shame;
  • social emotions, including sympathy, aggresive emotions, collective emotions and political emotions;
  • borderline cases of emotion, including solidarity, trust, pain, forgiveness and revenge.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy studying phenomenology, ethics, moral psychology and philosophy of psychology, The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Emotion is also suitable for those in related disciplines such as religion, sociology and anthropology.

chapter |37 pages


The phenomenology of emotions—above and beyond ‘What it is like to feel’
ByThomas Szanto, Hilge Landweer

part 1|185 pages

Historical perspectives

chapter 1|12 pages

Franz Brentano

ByMichelle Montague

chapter 2|10 pages

Edmund Husserl

ByJames Jardine

chapter 3|9 pages

Alexander Pfänder

ByGenki Uemura, Toru Yaegashi

chapter 4|15 pages

Max Scheler

ByMatthias Schloßberger

chapter 5|9 pages

Moritz Geiger

ByAlessandro Salice

chapter 6|8 pages

Else Voigtländer

ByÍngrid Vendrell Ferran

chapter 7|10 pages

Martin Heidegger and Otto Friedrich Bollnow

ByGerhard Thonhauser

chapter 8|9 pages

Dietrich von Hildebrand

ByJean Moritz Müller

chapter 9|10 pages

Edith Stein

ByAntonio Calcagno

chapter 10|11 pages

Gerda Walther and Hermann Schmalenbach

ByLinas Tranas, Emanuele Caminada

chapter 11|9 pages

Aurel Kolnai

ByÍngrid Vendrell Ferran

chapter 12|6 pages

Aron Gurwitsch

ByEric Chelstrom

chapter 13|9 pages

Jean-Paul Sartre

ByAnthony Hatzimoysis

chapter 14|9 pages

Emmanuel Levinas

BySophie Loidolt

chapter 15|10 pages

Hannah Arendt

ByJudith Mohrmann

chapter 16|10 pages

Simone de Beauvoir

ByMaren Wehrle

chapter 17|10 pages

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

ByJoel Krueger

chapter 18|8 pages

Frantz Fanon

ByAlia Al-Saji

chapter 19|9 pages

Hermann Schmitz

ByHenning Nörenberg

part 2|122 pages

Systematic issues and contemporary debates

chapter 20|12 pages

Affective intentionality and the reactive attitudes

ByBennett W. Helm

chapter 21|11 pages

The varieties of affective experience

ByJohn J. Drummond

chapter 22|12 pages

Existential feelings

ByMatthew Ratcliffe

chapter 23|13 pages

Emotional atmospheres

ByTonino Griffero

chapter 24|13 pages

Values, norms, justification and the appropriateness of emotions

ByRoberta De Monticelli

chapter 25|11 pages

Morality and the emotions

ByJohn J. Drummond, Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl

chapter 26|13 pages

Situated affectivity

ByAchim Stephan, Sven Walter

chapter 27|11 pages

Feminism, embodiment and emotions

ByLuna Dolezal

chapter 28|14 pages

Embodied interaffectivity and psychopathology

ByThomas Fuchs

chapter 29|10 pages

Art and emotion

ByNoël Carroll

part 3|80 pages

Self-directed and individual emotions

chapter 30|9 pages


ByDan Zahavi

chapter 31|11 pages

Self-esteem, pride, embarrassment and shyness

ByAnna Bortolan

chapter 32|11 pages

Humility, humiliation and affliction

ByAnthony J. Steinbock

chapter 33|12 pages


BySara Heinämaa

chapter 34|11 pages

Fear, anxiety and boredom

ByLauren Freeman, Andreas Elpidorou

chapter 35|13 pages


ByLine Ryberg Ingerslev

chapter 36|11 pages

Joy and happiness

ByMichela Summa

part 4|68 pages

Other-directed and collective emotions

chapter 37|12 pages

Empathy, sympathy and compassion

ByThiemo Breyer

chapter 38|14 pages

Aggressive emotions

From irritation to hatred, contempt and indignation
ByHilge Landweer

chapter 39|11 pages

Hetero-induced shame and survivor shame

ByAlba Montes Sánchez

chapter 40|12 pages

Joint feeling

ByHéctor Andrés Sánchez Guerrero

chapter 41|17 pages

Political emotions

ByThomas Szanto, Jan Slaby

part 5|94 pages

Borderline cases of emotions

chapter 42|12 pages

Forgiveness and revenge

ByFabian Bernhardt

chapter 43|13 pages


BySonja Rinofner-Kreidl

chapter 44|10 pages


ByNicolas de Warren

chapter 45|11 pages

Feeling solidarity

ByJan Müller

chapter 46|10 pages


ByFredrik Svenaeus

chapter 47|11 pages

The uncanny

ByDylan Trigg

chapter 48|11 pages

Hate of evil

ByHans Bernhard Schmid

chapter 49|14 pages


ByAngelika Krebs