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On Loving Our Enemies

Jerome Neu

in On Loving Our Enemies

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199862986
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949762 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862986.003.0001
On Loving Our Enemies

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This chapter addresses the question of whether there is (and if there is how it is that there can be) an ethics of emotion. It considers the concepts of psychological and moral responsibility. It argues that some of the psychological obstacles to loving forgiveness (especially as detailed by Freud and Nietzsche) may bespeak moral difficulties. And some of the moral obstacles to too-hasty forgiveness (especially as detailed by Bishop Butler, Murphy, and Griswold) may give grounds for caution in connection with the ambitions of certain psychological therapies. And the problem of choosing one's inner attitude (whether we think of it as feeling, emotion, motive, maxim, principle, reason, or under some other heading) is both pervasive and inextricably psychological and moral.

Keywords: emotion; ethics; psychological responsibility; moral responsibility; forgiveness

Chapter.  10272 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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