Extending Emotional Consciousness
The Journal of Consciousness Studies
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Recent work on extended mind theory has considered whether the material realizers of phenomenally conscious states might be distributed across both body and world. A popular framework for understanding perceptual consciousness in world-involving terms is sensorimotor enactivism, which holds that subjects make direct sensory contact with objects by means of their active, exploratory skills. In this paper, I consider the case of emotional experience, and argue that although the enactivist view does not transfer neatly to this domain, there are elements of emotional consciousness whose physical underpinnings include parts of the extra-bodily environment.
Vol 22, No. 3-4