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How Emotions Reveal Value and Help Cure the Schizophrenia of Modern Ethical Theories

Michael Stocker

in How Should One Live?

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198752349
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597251 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198752342.003.0011
 How Emotions Reveal Value and Help Cure the Schizophrenia of Modern Ethical Theories

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Many modern ethical theories are schizophrenic, allowing a split between value and motivation. These theories do not make room for goods in which motivation and value must come together, such as love and friendship. This paper argues that, since the emotions do not allow for this schizophrenia, their place within virtue ethics allows that tradition to provide an important corrective to schizophrenic theory.

Keywords: emotion; ethical theory; motivation; virtue; virtue ethics

Chapter.  7745 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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