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The Retreat of Reason$
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Ingmar Persson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276900.001.0001

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A TYPOLOGY OF EMOTION

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(p.79) 6 A TYPOLOGY OF EMOTION
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The Retreat of Reason
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Ingmar Persson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199276900.003.0007

The chief purpose of this chapter is to provide a classification of types of emotion which will be of use for the discussion of responsibility in part V. The classes of emotions which are of particular relevance for this discussion are ‘agent-oriented’ emotions, such as anger, gratitude, remorse, and feelings of guilt, and ‘comparative’ emotions, like pride, shame, admiration and contempt. These emotions all involve taking someone to be an original or ultimate cause of something in an epistemic sense of a cause which is not in its turn taken to be caused by something else. It will be seen that this link is something these emotions share with the concept of desert.

Keywords:   nger, admiration, contempt, gratitude, guilt, ultimate cause, pride, responsibility, shame

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