Experience, senses and the brain
in The history of emotions
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This chapter argues for the full integration of the history of the senses within the history of emotions. The senses are shown to be contingent and historical, and directly tied to a broader conceptual language of ‘feeling’. The chapter explores the connection of sensation and evaluation, focusing on the particular questions of callousness and pain. New historical methods are sought via contemporary brain- and neuroscience. This culminates in an attempt at rapprochement between the history of emotions and neurohistory, with exciting possibilities for the inclusion of genetics and epigenetics in historical analysis.

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