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Handbook of ValuePerspectives from Economics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology$
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Tobias Brosch and David Sander

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716600.001.0001

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Value and emotion

Value and emotion

(p.155) Chapter 8 Value and emotion
Handbook of Value

Julien A. Deonna

Fabrice Teroni

Oxford University Press

There are close links between emotions and values. This chapter pursues the task of uncovering the nature of these links. It proceeds to do that by answering three questions. First, what is the role of emotions in elucidating the nature of value? For example, is beauty to be understood in term of admiration? Second, what is the role of emotions in our gaining access to values? For example, what is the role of indignation in our awareness of injustice? Third, what value do emotions have? For example, is anger of value because it promotes aggressive behavior? Answering the first question amounts to surveying theories according to which there is an ontological relation between values and emotions. Addressing the second question, theories are reviewed according to which there is an intentional relation between emotions and values. Finally, while responding to the third question, some reasons for thinking that emotions can exemplify values are explored.

Keywords:   emotion, value, subjectivism, realism, FA-analysis, judgment of value theory, perceptual theory, attitudinal theory, hedonic value, epistemic value, moral value

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