Affection and Fantasy in the Constitution of Personal Reality. A Contribution to the In-Depth Phenomenology of the Life World

Jagna Brudzińska

In the modern philosophy fantasies, affects and emotions are often unregarded or dismissed as subject of psychology. Today they are (re-)discovered by the modern cognitive – and neurosciences. But first of all it is the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl which investigates fantasies and aff ects with regard to its constitutive functions in the self and world experience. The phenomenology interprets fantasies and affects by its fundamental functions of the emotive effectiveness as a consciousness of a concrete bodily and personal subjectivity.  Only with the genetic-phenomenological intentional analysis fantasies, bodily affects and emotions can also be investigated within the deeper levels of passive experience with regard to its subjective and intersubjective effectiveness as affections, kinaesthesis and phantasma. The method of genetic phenomenology makes it possible to understand the emotive dynamics of these fields and to find out the concrete emotive achievements of sense-performing in our subjective life. In my contribution I discuss these aspects beginning with the draft  of a phenomenological concept of emotiveness. I describe the basic character of the emotive effectiveness-structure of the subjective constitution and discuss the phenomenological understanding of fantasy as a consciousness of experience with regard to its emotive structure of eff ectiveness. Thereby I consider its temporal and motivational dynamics. On this background I analyze the emotive aspect of the personal as well as interpersonal constitution and fi nally I shortly describe a specific structure of intersubjective sympathetic experience, which has in my view a fundamental signifi cance for the genesis of our shared world as life-world. This sympathetic experience can only be interpreted with respect to the understanding of the emotive structure of experiencing consciousness. In this way fantasies, affects and emotions get a new importance as a research field of theoretical and practical phenomenology.


Keywords: effect · consciousness · constitution · desire · emotion · experience · intersubjective · phenomenology · subjectivity

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