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The Retreat of ReasonA dilemma in the philosophy of life$
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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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THE EMOTIVE GENESIS OF DESERT

THE EMOTIVE GENESIS OF DESERT

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(p.440) 36 THE EMOTIVE GENESIS OF DESERT
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The Retreat of Reason
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199276900.003.0037

This chapter argues that the concept of desert evolves out of agent-oriented and comparative emotions. In chapter 6, it was seen that the agent-oriented emotion of anger is directed at what is taken as an epistemically ultimate cause of harm to oneself or someone closely related to oneself, i.e., as a cause about whose causal origin no belief is entertained. In comparison to the rival hypothesis that anger is directed at what is taken to be a conscious cause of harm, this hypothesis has the merit of providing a more plausible explanation of why people get angry with inanimate objects and of how simple-minded animals can feel anger. The chapter ends by suggesting that this hypothesis captures not only how we conceive of those to which we attribute desert, but also those to which we attribute rights to things they have acquired.

Keywords:   agent-oriented emotions, anger, comparative emotions, desert, rights, ultimate cause

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