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Epistemic Emotions

Adam Morton

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199235018
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235018.003.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Epistemic Emotions

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This article focuses on one particular kind of thinking, the acquisition of beliefs. It asks whether there are emotions that play an important role in our attempts to acquire beliefs correctly, beliefs that we have reason to continue holding and which serve the purposes for which we acquired them. In this case, the article argues, there are emotions that play an important and hard-to-replace role. They are conceptually vital. That is, the article defends the existence of epistemic emotions. Moreover, the article suggests, there are emotions that are specifically directed at epistemic ends.

Keywords: epistemic emotions; acquisition of beliefs; role of emotions; virtue; epistemic motivation

Article.  7030 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology ; Philosophy of Mind

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