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Emotion and virtue

Author: Gopal Sreenivasan
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2020] ©2020
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A novel approach to the crucial role emotion plays in virtuous actionWhat must a person be like to possess a virtue in full measure? What sort of psychological constitution does one need to be an exemplar of compassion, say, or of courage? Focusing on these two examples, Emotion and Virtue ingeniously argues that certain emotion traits play an indispensable role in virtue. With exemplars of compassion, for instance,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sreenivasan, Gopal.
Emotion and virtue.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2020]
(DLC) 2020945068
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gopal Sreenivasan
ISBN: 0691208700 9780691208701
OCLC Number: 1197700235
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 391 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
1. Credo --
2. The Integral View --
Preliminaries --
3. Emotion --
4. Disunity of Virtue --
5. Character Traits --
Arguments --
6. Adverbial Requirements --
7. Salience without a Black Box --
8. Moral Deference and the Proto-authority of Affect --
9. Recap with Courage --
Consequences --
10. Agents versus Acts --
11. Against the Priority of Principle --
12. Should Virtue Be Taught? --
Acknowledgements --
Notes --
References --
Index
Responsibility: Gopal Sreenivasan.

Abstract:

A novel approach to the crucial role emotion plays in virtuous actionWhat must a person be like to possess a virtue in full measure? What sort of psychological constitution does one need to be an exemplar of compassion, say, or of courage? Focusing on these two examples, Emotion and Virtue ingeniously argues that certain emotion traits play an indispensable role in virtue. With exemplars of compassion, for instance, this role is played by a modified sympathy trait, which is central to enabling these exemplars to be reliably correct judges of the compassionate thing to do in various practical situations. Indeed, according to Gopal Sreenivasan, the virtue of compassion is, in a sense, a modified sympathy trait, just as courage is a modified fear trait. While he upholds the traditional definition of virtue as a species of character trait, Sreenivasan discards other traditional precepts. For example, he rejects the unity of the virtues and raises new questions about when virtue should be taught. Unlike orthodox virtue ethics, moreover, his account does not aspire to rival consequentialism and deontology. Instead Sreenivasan repudiates the ambitions of virtue imperialism. Emotion and Virtue makes significant contributions to moral psychology and the theory of virtue alike.

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