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Lacewing, Michael (2005) Emotional self-awareness and ethical deliberation. Ratio, 18, pp. 65-81. [Journal Article]

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    How are we to distinguish between appropriate emotional responses that reveal morally salient reasons and inappropriate emotional responses that reflect our prejudices? It is often assumed that reason - considered as distinct from emotion - will make the distinction. I argue that this view is false, and that the process by which emotional responses are vetted involves emotional self-awareness'. By this, I mean feeling an emotion, being aware of so doing, and feeling some usually subtle emotional response, often of calm or anxiety, to it, together with a general readiness to feel and acknowledge what emotions one has. Registering and exploring feelings of anxiety that arise in emotional self-awareness helps enable us to detect when emotions and thoughts are inappropriate. Deliberation that is not emotionally open in this way is therefore at an epistemic disadvantage. Furthermore, the attempt to remain unemotional when evaluating one's emotions can be produced or co-opted by anxiety about one's feelings of precisely the kind that indicates one's emotional responses and thoughts are being distorted.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Ratio
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Dr Michael Lacewing
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 14:57
    Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 15:00
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/482

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