Unconscious Emotion and Free-Energy: A Philosophical and Neuroscientific Exploration

  title={Unconscious Emotion and Free-Energy: A Philosophical and Neuroscientific Exploration},
  author={Michael T. Michael},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
Unconscious emotions are of central importance to psychoanalysis. They do, however, raise conceptual problems. The most pertinent concerns the intuition, shared by Freud, that consciousness is essential to emotion, which makes the idea of unconscious emotion seem paradoxical. In this paper, I address this paradox from the perspective of the philosopher R. C. Roberts’ account of emotions as concern-based construals. I provide an interpretation of this account in the context of affective… 

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