Paradoxical Emotion: On <i>Sui Generis</i> Emotional Irrationality

Ronald de Sousa

in Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257362
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601842 | DOI:
 Paradoxical Emotion: On Sui Generis Emotional Irrationality

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Weakness of will violates practical rationality; but may also be viewed as an epistemic failing. Conflicts between strategic and epistemic rationality suggest that we need a superordinate standard to arbitrate between them. Contends that such a standard is to be found at the axiological level, apprehended by emotions. Axiological rationality is sui generis, reducible to neither the strategic nor the epistemic. But, emotions are themselves capable of raising paradoxes and antinomies, particularly when the principles they embody involve temporality. They constitute an ultimate court of appeal, yet their biological origin allows little hope that these antinomies can be resolved.

Keywords: akrasia; antinomies; appropriateness; axiology; emotional rationality; emotions; practical reasoning; rationality; temporality; weakness of will

Chapter.  10200 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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