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Internalism and the Basic Emotions

Craig Delancey

in Passionate Engines

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195142716
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833153 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195142713.003.0008
 Internalism and the Basic Emotions

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Internalism in moral psychology is the view that belief in a moral or practical claim must also motivate one to act on that claim. Important scientific evidence shows that a simple version of internalism must be false. However, the view of rationality and emotion developed in Ch. 7 provides a framework in which a robust version of internalism may be true of some practical and ethical judgments as a result of their emotional component. Also, attempts to do a priori moral psychology, or otherwise reject empirical psychological findings, is criticized.

Keywords: ethical judgment; internalism; moral psychology; moral reason; practical judgment; practical reason; rationality

Chapter.  9891 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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