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’

part 1|185 pages

Historical perspectives

chapter 1|12 pages

Franz Brentano

chapter 2|10 pages

Edmund Husserl

chapter 3|9 pages

Alexander Pfänder

chapter 4|15 pages

Max Scheler

chapter 5|9 pages

Moritz Geiger

chapter 6|8 pages

Else Voigtländer

chapter 8|9 pages

Dietrich von Hildebrand

chapter 9|10 pages

Edith Stein

chapter 11|9 pages

Aurel Kolnai

chapter 12|6 pages

Aron Gurwitsch

chapter 13|9 pages

Jean-Paul Sartre

chapter 14|9 pages

Emmanuel Levinas

chapter 15|10 pages

Hannah Arendt

chapter 16|10 pages

Simone de Beauvoir

chapter 17|10 pages

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

chapter 18|8 pages

Frantz Fanon

chapter 19|9 pages

Hermann Schmitz

part 2|122 pages

Systematic issues and contemporary debates

chapter 22|12 pages

Existential feelings

chapter 23|13 pages

Emotional atmospheres

chapter 26|13 pages

Situated affectivity

chapter 27|11 pages

Feminism, embodiment and emotions

chapter 29|10 pages

Art and emotion

part 3|80 pages

Self-directed and individual emotions

chapter 30|9 pages


chapter 33|12 pages


chapter 35|13 pages


chapter 36|11 pages

Joy and happiness

part 4|68 pages

Other-directed and collective emotions

chapter 37|12 pages

Empathy, sympathy and compassion

chapter 38|14 pages

Aggressive emotions

From irritation to hatred, contempt and indignation

chapter 40|12 pages

Joint feeling

chapter 41|17 pages

Political emotions

part 5|94 pages

Borderline cases of emotions

chapter 42|12 pages

Forgiveness and revenge

chapter 43|13 pages


chapter 44|10 pages


chapter 45|11 pages

Feeling solidarity

chapter 46|10 pages


chapter 47|11 pages

The uncanny

chapter 48|11 pages

Hate of evil

chapter 49|14 pages