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What is the virtuous emotional response to our wrongdoing?

Mason, G. (2016) What is the virtuous emotional response to our wrongdoing? PhD thesis, University of Reading

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Though we are inclined to think those who have acted wrongly should feel bad, we also worry that feeling bad may be futile: that it may only make things worse. I argue that we ought to feel bad not as a way to secure good outcomes, but because feeling bad is part of what it is to be respectful and to value our ethical standing. Employing Aristotle's method of appearances, I provide an account which can explain our confident judgements and resolve cases we find puzzling. In Part One I consider our initial intuitions and puzzles, and explain my method and assumptions. In Part Two I analyse the emotions of guilt, shame, regret and remorse, arguing that each of these emotions are appropriate in different circumstances. In Part Three, I use this analysis to explain the clear cases and resolve the problem cases.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Supervisor:Owens, D., Oderberg, D. and Streumer, B.
Thesis/Report Department:Department of Philosophy
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Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:66317
Date on Title Page:2015

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