Moments of recognition

deontic power and bodily felt demands

Henning Nörenberg

pp. 191-206

While the current discussion on embodied cognition provides valuable accounts of an agent's bodily sensitivity to instrumental possibilities ("I can"), in this paper I investigate felt demands as the bodily-affective dimension of the agent's recognition of deontic powers such as obligations ("I ought"). I argue that there is a close kinship between felt demands and affordances in the stricter sense. I will suggest that what is unique about felt demands on an experiential level is that they involve an evaluative perspective arising from acute or anticipated shame-like feelings. The conclusion is that the recognition of deontic power is also a matter of bodily sensitivity.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11097-019-09622-9

Full citation:

Nörenberg, H. (2020). Moments of recognition: deontic power and bodily felt demands. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 19 (1), pp. 191-206.

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