On Emotion and Rationality: a response to Barrett

Journal of Moral Education 25 (4):395-400 (1996)
Abstract In a recent paper Richard Barrett criticises Solomon (and the so?called cognitivists in general) for dismissing irrational emotions as marginal and atypical. This paper argues that Barrett's criticism is unwarranted. Two explanations are suggested for his misconception of Solomon's view (and, more generally, of the cognitive view) on irrational emotions. First, Barrett mistakenly conceives the reconciliation of emotion and reason as a conciliation of emotion and rationality in an evaluative or normative sense. Secondly, Barrett disregards the difference between the cognitive conception of (ir)rationality and his own definition of (ir)rationality in terms of coping. Some implications of the argument for the education of (moral) emotions are spelled out
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Robert C. Solomon (1976/1983). The Passions. University of Notre Dame Press.
Robert C. Roberts (1988). What an Emotion Is: A Sketch. Philosophical Review 97 (April):183-209.

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