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    Why do painters paint? Obviously, there are numerous possible reasons. They paint to create images for others’ enjoyment, to solve visual problems, to convey ideas, and to contribute to a rich artistic tradition. This book argues that there is yet another, crucially important but often overlooked reason. Painters paint to feel. They paint because it enables them to experience special feelings, such as being absorbed in creative play and connected to something vitally significant. Painting may ev…Read more
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    What can the concept of affective scaffolding do for us?
    Philosophical Psychology 33 (6): 820-839. 2020.
    The concept of affective scaffolding designates the various ways in which we manipulate the environment to influence our affective lives. In this article, I present a constructive critique of recen...
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    Social Aesthetics and Moral Judgment: Pleasure, Reflection and Accountability
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy 97 (4): 844-845. 2019.
    Volume 97, Issue 4, December 2019, Page 844-845.
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    Paintings as Solid Affective Scaffolds
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 77 (1): 67-77. 2019.
    We humans continuously reshape the environment to alter, enhance, and sustain our affective lives. This two-way modification has been discussed in recent philosophy of mind as affective scaffolding, wherein scaffolding quite literally means that our affective states are enabled and supported by environmental resources such as material objects, other people, and physical spaces. In this article, I will argue that under certain conditions paintings function as noteworthy affective scaffolds to the…Read more
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    The Oceanic Feeling: A Case Study in Existential Feeling
    Journal of Consciousness Studies 21 (5-6): 196-217. 2014.
    In this paper I draw on contemporary philosophy of emotion to illuminate the phenomenological structure of so-called oceanic feelings. I suggest that oceanic feelings come in two distinct forms: as transient episodes that consist in a feeling of dissolution of the psychological and sensory boundaries of the self, and as a relatively permanent feeling of unity, embracement, immanence, and openness that does not involve occurrent experiences of boundary dissolution. I argue that both forms of feel…Read more
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    A critical examination of existential feeling
    Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 17 (2): 363-374. 2018.
    Matthew Ratcliffe has argued that existential feelings form a distinct class of bodily and non-conceptual feelings that pre-intentionally structure our intentional experience of others, the world, and ourselves. In this article, I will identify and discuss three interrelated areas of concern for Ratcliffe’s theory of existential feelings. First, the distinct senses in which existential feelings are felt as background bodily feelings and as spaces of possibility calls for further clarification. S…Read more