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Emotion and Value$
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Sabine Roeser and Cain Todd

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686094.001.0001

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Why Recalcitrant Emotions Are Not Irrational

Why Recalcitrant Emotions Are Not Irrational

(p.124) 8 Why Recalcitrant Emotions Are Not Irrational
Emotion and Value

Sabine A. Döring

Oxford University Press

This chapter defends a perceptual model of emotion against Paul Helm’s objection, yet not by accounting for this objection but by showing that it is based on a wrong intuition. Recalcitrant emotions are not irrational. More precisely speaking, the subject is not irrational in experiencing a recalcitrant emotion. Just like recalcitrant perceptions, recalcitrant emotions involve a cognitive conflict between experiential state and better judgement, and yet the subject is not irrational because he does not contradict himself. The wrong intuition that recalcitrant emotions involve irrationality, whereas recalcitrant perceptions do not, occurs because, in addition to cognitive conflict, recalcitrant emotions typically lead to practical conflict by motivating the subject to act in ways that interfere with the reasoned pursuit of his goals.

Keywords:   recalcitrant emotions, perceptual model of emotion, Paul Helm, cognitive conflict, practical reason

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