Emotions and Values

Kevin Mulligan

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199235018
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Emotions and Values


The philosophy and psychology of emotions pays little attention to the philosophy of value and the latter pays only a little more attention to the former. This is surprising. For according to many philosophies and psychologies of the emotions appraisals, evaluations, assessments, valuing, and impressions of value and importance are essential to our emotional lives. And according to many philosophies value is to be understood in terms of emotions. Three families of questions which can only be answered by combining accounts of emotions and of value may be distinguished.

Keywords: psychology of emotions; philosophy of emotions; philosophy of value; emotional lives; assessments; emotions appraisal

Article.  12310 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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