Emotions and Wellbeing

Topoi 34 (2):461-474 (2015)
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Christine Tappolet
Université de Montréal
Mauro Rossi
Université du Québec à Montréal
Abstract
In this paper, we consider the question of whether there exists an essential relation between emotions and wellbeing. We distinguish three ways in which emotions and wellbeing might be essentially related: constitutive, causal, and epistemic. We argue that, while there is some room for holding that emotions are constitutive ingredients of an individual’s wellbeing, all the attempts to characterise the causal and epistemic relations in an essentialist way are vulnerable to some important objections. We conclude that the causal and epistemic relation between emotions and wellbeing is much less strong than is commonly thought.
Keywords Emotions  Wellbeing  Motivation  Prudential Reasons
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