The Moral Adequacy of Emotions

Autor(en): Schuetze, Paul
Stichwörter: Adequacy of Emotions; Emotions; Moral Judgment of Emotions; Moral Norms; Morality; Philosophy; Psychology; Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Erscheinungsdatum: 2019
Herausgeber: MIMESIS EDIZIONI
Journal: RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI FILOSOFIA E PSICOLOGIA
Volumen: 10
Ausgabe: 1
Startseite: 33
Seitenende: 48
Zusammenfassung: 
Common philosophical approaches on the adequacy of emotions usually focus on the most objective assessment of the situation. In contrast to this, I claim that this objective stance, generally called ``fittingness'', does not satisfy the current needs of emotional evaluation. Given the motivational role of emotions and their influence on social interactions, it is of utmost importance to also evaluate their moral value. Yet, a further development towards such a moral judgment is missing. In this paper, I provide an approach for the moral adequacy of emotional responses in a social context. I aim to show that in today's social and political culture the link between emotions and moral norms cannot be neglected. Introducing two instances of judging the moral adequacy, I focus on evaluating either the cause or the consequence of an emotional reaction. By assessing the moral value of emotional responses, I think moral growth can be facilitated - not only in individuals but also in whole societies.
ISSN: 20394667
DOI: 10.4453/rifp.2019.0003

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