Anthony J. Steinbock's guest lecture "The Distinctive Structure of the Emotions"; 11.4.2011, Helsinki

Professor Anthony J. Steinbock (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) will present a lecture under the title "The Distinctive Structure of the Emotions" at the University of Helsinki on Monday April 11.

Professor Steinbock is one of the leading experts in phenomenology and Continental philosophy. His best-known books include Home and Beyond: Generative Phenomenology after Husserl (Northwestern 1995) and Phenomenology and Mysticism: The Verticality of Religious Experience (Indiana, 2007). He is also the translator of Husserl's monumental work Analyses Concerning Passive and Active Syntheses: Lectures on Transcendental Logic (2001), and the Editor-in-Chief of the Continental Philosophy Review.


In this paper, I investigate whether acts peculiar to the emotional sphere of experience have a unique structure that is independent of epistemic acts. Do acts peculiar to the emotional sphere simply follow the coordinates of the noesis-noema structure of intentionality? Does the emotional sphere, which concerns the person (and not simply the epistemically engaged subject), have an essentially different structure? I limit myself to one example of an emotional experience — trust — examining it with attention to three structural characteristics, namely, otherness, temporality, and the modality of possibility. In this way, I can adduce the extent to which acts of the emotional sphere have a unique structure such that they are not merely modifications of objectivating acts.

The lecture is open to all, including students. Welcome!

Date: Monday, April 11th 2011, 16:15–18:00.

Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Fabianinkatu 24),
seminar room, 1st floor.

Organizer: Research project European Rationality in the Break from
Modernity. Studies in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics

For further information contact joona.taipale(at)