Feelings of Being


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Part I - The Structure of Existential Feeling
1: Emotions and bodily feelings
2: Existential feelings
3: The phenomenology of touch
Part II - Varieties of Existential Feeling in Psychiatric Illness
4: Body and world
5: Feeling and belief in the Capgras delusion
6: Feelings of deadness and depersonalization
7: Existential feeling in schizophrenia
Part III - Existential Feeling and Philosophical Thought
8: What William James really said
9: Stance, feeling and belief
10: Pathologies of existential feeling

About the Author

Matthew Ratcliffe is Reader in Philosophy at Durham University, UK. He works primarily on phenomenology, philosophical psychology and philosophy of psychiatry. He is author of Rethinking Commonsense Psychology: A Critique of Folk Psychology, Theory of Mind and Simulation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and co-editor, with Daniel Hutto, of Folk Psychology Re-assessed (Springer, 2007).


This book is for those who wonder about normal and pathological existential experiences. Clinicians who have time to pursue philosophy will be enriched.
*Patricia E. Murphy. PhD (Rush University Medical Center)*

Ratcliffe deserves credit for drawing attention to a shortcoming in the discussion of emotions and feelings and for providing an importance corrective to this tendency.
*Phenom Cogn Sci*

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