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Owen Flanagan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212155

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212155.001.0001

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Destructive Emotions

Destructive Emotions

(p.113) 6 Destructive Emotions
The Geography of Morals

Owen Flanagan

Oxford University Press

Neo-Confucianism and Buddhism claim that some human emotions are inherently good, and others almost always afflictive, destructive, and bad. Compassion is in the first category, whereas anger is in the second. This chapter examines arguments from Korean neo-Confucianism and Buddhism for classifying moral emotions as wholesome and unwholesome, non-afflictive and its relevance to contemporary ethics and moral psychology. Taxonomies of emotions from Paul Ekman, P.F. Strawson, Buddhism, and neo-Confucianism are critically discussed in relation to the “four-seven debate” in Korean neo-Confucianism and in relation to Buddhist debates about poisons in human nature.

Keywords:   Afflictive emotions, anger, destructive emotions, Paul Ekman, four-seven debate, neo-Confucianism, P. F. Strawson, unwholesome emotions, wholesome emotions

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