Morality and the Emotions

Paperback | March 11, 2015

EditorCarla Bagnoli

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Emotions shape our mental and social lives. Their relation to morality is, however, problematic. Since ancient times, philosophers have disagreed about the place of emotions in morality. One the one hand, some hold that emotions are disorderly and unpredictable animal drives, which undermineour autonomy and interfere with our reasoning. For them, emotions represent a persistent source of obstacles to morality, as in the case of self-love. Some virtues, such as prudence, temperance, and fortitude, require or simply consist in the capacity to counteract the disruptive effect of emotions.On the other hand, venerable traditions of thought place emotions such as respect, love, and compassion at the very heart of morality. Emotions are sources of moral knowledge, modes of moral recognition, discernment, valuing, and understanding. Emotions such as blame, guilt, and shame are the voice of moral conscience, and are central to the functioning of our social lives and normative practices. New scientific findings about thepervasiveness of emotions posit new challenges to ethical theory. Are we responsible for emotions? What is their relation to practical rationality? Are they roots of our identity or threats to our autonomy? This volume is born out of the conviction that philosophy provides a distinctive approach tothese problems. Fourteen original articles, by prominent scholars in moral psychology and philosophy of mind, offer new arguments about the relation between emotions and practical rationality, value, autonomy, and moral identity.

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Emotions shape our mental and social lives. Their relation to morality is, however, problematic. Since ancient times, philosophers have disagreed about the place of emotions in morality. One the one hand, some hold that emotions are disorderly and unpredictable animal drives, which undermineour autonomy and interfere with our reasoning...

Carla Bagnoli is Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she has taught since 1998. She was nominated Professore Straordinario di Filosofia Teoretica at the Universita di Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2010. She has written three monographs on moral dilemmas, perplexity, and the authority of morality. ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:March 11, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContentsList of ContributorsCarla Bagnoli: Introduction1. Patricia Greenspan: Craving the right: emotions and moral reasons2. Carla Bagnoli: Emotions and the categorical authority of moral reasons3. Edward Harcourt: Self-Love and Practical Rationality4. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev: The Nature and Morality of Romantic Compromises5. Christine Tappolet: Values and Emotions: Neo-Sentimentalism's Prospects6. Michael Brady: Emotions, perceptions and reasons7. Paul Thagard and Tracy Finn: Conscience: What is Moral Intuition?8. Lawrence Blum: Empathy and empirical psychology. A critique of Shaun Nichols's Neo-sentimentalism9. John Deigh: Reactive Attitudes Revisited10. Bennett W. Helm: Responsibility and Dignity: Strawsonian Themes11. Angela Smith: Guilty Thoughts12. Jacqueline Taylor: Moral Sentiment and the Sources of Moral Identity13. Talbot Brewer: On Alienated EmotionsIndex

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"It will remind readers of the rigor, depth, and insight of philosophical perspectives on emotions and morality, and reaffirm philosophy's essential role alongside empirical approaches ... valuable for scholars and advanced students." --CHOICE