MoL-2014-20: Anxiety: A Grammatical Investigation

MoL-2014-20: Mojica, Laura (2014) Anxiety: A Grammatical Investigation. [Report]

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The aim of this thesis is to investigate our experience of anxiety from a Wittgensteinian perspective. I start this investigation by offering a general conception of emotions following Wittgenstein~s conception of language and his remarks in both volumes of his Remarks on the Philosophy of Psychology. I argue that our terms of emotion are syntheses of three elements that converge in our lives: manifestations, circumstances and contents of our consciousness. The way these syntheses are configured is culture-dependent, and they determine how we experience our emotions. Having this framework in mind, I explore our language-games of ~anxiety~ and some of the cultural elements of our society that shape them: capitalism, democracy, media, art and science. Finally, I argue that existential anxiety towards one~s own death belongs to a wider family of emotional experiences, a family characterized by the experience of detachment and meaninglessness. I show that existential anxiety towards one~s own death is an emotional experience bodily felt that pervades our world and lives with meaninglessness. As it consists in the experience of a pervasive meaninglessness, it cannot be fully captured by any of our language-games; therefore, it shows the limits of our forms of life.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: MoL-2014-20
Series Name: Master of Logic Thesis (MoL) Series
Year: 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: logic, philosophy
Subjects: Logic
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:38
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:38
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/938

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