Emotions in the Moral Life

Emotions in the Moral Life

by Robert C. Roberts


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107576377
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 1,083,225
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

1. Studying virtues; 2. The roles of emotions: an overview; 3. Emotions, perception, and moral judgment; 4. Objections to the perception thesis; 5. Emotional truth; 6. Emotions and actions; 7. Personal relationships; 8. Emotions and happiness; 9. Diversity and connection among the virtues.

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