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The Epistemic Life of GroupsEssays in the Epistemology of Collectives$
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Michael S. Brady and Miranda Fricker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759645.001.0001

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Group Emotion and Group Understanding

Group Emotion and Group Understanding

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(p.95) 5 Group Emotion and Group Understanding
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The Epistemic Life of Groups
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Michael S. Brady

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759645.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the positive epistemic value that individual and group emotion can have. It explains how group emotion can help to bring about the highest epistemic good, namely group understanding. It is argues that this group good would be difficult to achieve, in very many cases, in the absence of group emotion. Even if group emotion sometimes—indeed often—leads us astray, we would be worse off, from the standpoint of achieving the highest epistemic good, without it. The chapter illustrates the connection between group emotion and group understanding by focusing on the phenomenon of public inquiries.

Keywords:   emotion, individual, group, understanding, good, public, inquiry

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