The Book Irreducibility of the Faculty of Feeling presents an original phenomenological account on feelings in Kant’s philosophy as sui generis mental states. In the debate with contemporary interpretations, author reconsiders the shortcomings of the causal model (defended by Paul Guyer) and HOC model (defended by Rachel Zuckert). Instead, he argues for an understanding of feeling as an exercise of subjective causal power of a representation. Thereby, a subjective causality of representations should be understood as a way how we become conscious and appropriate intentionality as a specific form of intentionality.
Author explains his thesis by analyzing three different types of feelings in Kant’s philosophy: sensuous gratification and pain, intellectual pleasure and feeling in a mere reflection.