Emotional expressions of moral value

Philosophical Studies 132 (1):43 - 57 (2007)

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Julie Tannenbaum
Pomona College
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In “Moral Luck” Bernard Williams describes a lorry driver who, through no fault of his own, runs over a child, and feels “agent-regret.” I believe that the driver’s feeling is moral since the thought associated with this feeling is a negative moral evaluation of his action. I demonstrate that his action is not morally inadequate with respect his moral obligations. However, I show that his negative evaluation is nevertheless justified since he acted in way that does not live up to his moral values. I then use this distinctive negative moral evaluation to distinguish agent-regret from guilt and mere regret.
Keywords agent-regret  emotion  moral luck
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-006-9056-x
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