Mood and Ethics

Carl Plantinga

in Screen Stories

Published in print June 2018 | ISBN: 9780190867133
Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190867171 | DOI:
Mood and Ethics

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Our understanding of the moral psychology of screen stories is incomplete and underdeveloped unless we examine the ethical significance of moods, which are quite different than emotions. This chapter examines the role of moods in screen stories. More specifically, it shows how moods figure into the ethical implications of screen stories. To understand what moods in screen stories are, we must first distinguish between moods that screen stories have and moods that people have; they are different things. Moods are significant for an ethics of screen stories because (a) moods express a perspective, (b) moods are closely related to moral understanding, and (c) moods have effects on the spectator that have ethical implications.

Keywords: mood; moral psychology; storytelling; narrative; Ugetsu; A Clockwork Orange; The Silence of the Lambs

Chapter.  6996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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