David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ratio 18 (1):65-81 (2005)
How are we to distinguish between appropriate emotional responses that reveal morally salient reasons and inappropriate emotional responses that reflect our prejudices? It is often assumed that reason – considered as distinct from emotion – will make the distinction. I argue that this view is false, and that the process by which emotional responses are vetted involves ‘emotional self-awareness’. By this, I mean feeling an emotion, being aware of so doing, and feeling some usually subtle emotional response, often of calm or anxiety, to it, together with a general readiness to feel and acknowledge what emotions one has. Registering and exploring feelings of anxiety that arise in emotional self-awareness helps enable us to detect when emotions and thoughts are inappropriate. Deliberation that is not emotionally open in this way is therefore at an epistemic disadvantage. Furthermore, the attempt to remain unemotional when evaluating one’s emotions can be produced or co-opted by anxiety about one’s feelings of precisely the kind that indicates one’s emotional responses and thoughts are being distorted.
|Keywords||Deliberation Emotion Ethics Self-awareness|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Sabine Roeser (2012). Emotional Engineers: Toward Morally Responsible Design. [REVIEW] Science and Engineering Ethics 18 (1):103-115.
Michael Lacewing (2007). Do Unconscious Emotions Involve Unconscious Feelings? Philosophical Psychology 20 (1):81-104.
Similar books and articles
Paul J. Silvia (2002). Self-Awareness and Emotional Intensity. Cognition and Emotion 16 (2):195-216.
Christine Tappolet (2002). Long-Term Emotions and Emotional Experiences in the Explanation of Actions. European Review of Philosophy 5:151-161.
David Carr (2002). Feelings in Moral Conflict and the Hazards of Emotional Intelligence. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 5 (1):3-21.
Kent C. Berridge & Piotr Winkielman (2003). What is an Unconscious Emotion? (The Case for Unconscious "Liking"). Cognition and Emotion 17 (2):181-211.
Yoshie Kimura, Aihide Yoshino, Yoshitomo Takahashi & Soichiro Nomura (2004). Interhemispheric Difference in Emotional Response Without Awareness. Physiology and Behavior 82 (4):727-731.
Robert C. Roberts (2009). Emotional Consciousness and Personal Relationships. Emotion Review 1 (3):281-288.
John F. Kihlstrom, Shelagh Mulvaney, Betsy A. Tobias & Irene P. Tobis (2000). The Emotional Unconscious. In Eric Eich, John F. Kihlstrom, Gordon H. Bower, Joseph P. Forgas & Paula M. Niedenthal (eds.), Cognition and Emotion. Oxford University Press 30-86.
Luiz Pessoa, Shruti Japee & Leslie G. Ungerleider (2005). Visual Awareness and the Detection of Fearful Faces. Emotion 5 (2):243-247.
Hedy Stegge & Mark Meerum Terwogt (2007). Awareness and Regulation of Emotion in Typical and Atypical Development. In James J. Gross (ed.), Handbook of Emotion Regulation. Guilford Press 269-286.
Charles Starkey (2008). Emotion and Full Understanding. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (4):425 - 454.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads73 ( #46,535 of 1,726,249 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #147,227 of 1,726,249 )
How can I increase my downloads?