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Morality and the Emotions

Oakley, Justin

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ISBN 10: 0415056616 / ISBN 13: 9780415056618
Published by Routledge, 1991
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Title: Morality and the Emotions

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 1991

Book Condition:Very Good

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This book argues that our emotions are directly morally significant. We often praise others for their emotional capacities, yet we possess deeply-held assumptions about the antipathy of emotions to reason and responsibility. Justin Oakley attempts to demonstrate that with a proper understanding of what emotions are we can see their fundamental role in our moral lives. He shows how a variety of important moral assessments may justifiably made of us because of our emotions, and he also reveals the extent to which we are responsible for those emotions. Justin Oakley takes as his starting point Aristotle's claim that moral goodness requires not only acting well, but also having the right emotions towards the appropriate object to the right degree. He shows the inadequacy of modern ethical theories attempts to accommodate the emotions, and in doing so attacks philosophical and psychological theories which would have us believe that Aristotle was exhorting us merely to have the right beliefs or desires, or to encourage in ourselves certain bodily changes. How could courage, for example, still be considered a virtue if it were just a matter of undergoing certain bodily agitations? This book should be of interest to advanced students and lecturers of philosophical ethics and moral psychology.

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