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Title: What is the virtuous emotional response to our wrongdoing?
Author: Mason, George
ISNI:       0000 0004 5920 9300
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2016
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Though we are inclined to think those who have acted wrongly should feel bad, we also worry that feeling bad may be futile: that it may only make things worse. I argue that we ought to feel bad not as a way to secure good outcomes, but because feeling bad is part of what it is to be respectful and to value our ethical standing. Employing Aristotle's method of appearances, I provide an account which can explain our confident judgements and resolve cases we find puzzling. In Part One I consider our initial intuitions and puzzles, and explain my method and assumptions. In Part Two I analyse the emotions of guilt, shame, regret and remorse, arguing that each of these emotions are appropriate in different circumstances. In Part Three, I use this analysis to explain the clear cases and resolve the problem cases.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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