Emotions in the Moral Life

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 11, 2013 - Philosophy - 220 pages
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Robert C. Roberts extends to the moral life the account of emotions presented in his Emotions: An Essay in Aid of Moral Psychology (2003), that they are "concern-based construals." In this book the author explains how emotions can be a basis for moral judgments, how they account for the deeper moral identity of actions we perform, how they are constitutive of morally valenced personal relationships like friendship, enmity, collegiality and parenthood, and how both pleasant and unpleasant emotions interact with our personal wellbeing (eudaimonia). He argues that none of these dimensions of emotions' values is reducible to any of the others. He continues by sketching how all of these moral dimensions contribute to emotions' participation, in diverse ways, in our virtues and vices.
 

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Contents

an overview
25
Emotions perception and moral judgment
38
Objections to the perception thesis
68
Emotional truth
91
Emotions and actions
113
Personal relationships
135
Emotions and happiness
157
Diversity and connection among the virtues
189
References
212
Index
218
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Robert C. Roberts is Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Baylor University. He is author of Emotions: An Essay in Aid of Moral Psychology (2003), Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology (2007) and Spiritual Emotions: A Psychology of Christian Virtues (2007).

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