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Emotional Reason
Deliberation, Motivation, and the Nature of Value

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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039116

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  • How can we motivate ourselves to do what we think we ought? How can we deliberate about personal values and priorities? Bennett Helm rejects the standard philosophical answers to these questions, which presuppose a sharp distinction between cognition and impulse, and develops a detailed alternative theory both of emotions, desires, and evaluative judgments and of their rational interconnections. The result is an innovative theory of practical rationality and how we can control not only what we do but also what we value and who we are as persons.

    • Rejects standard accounts of intentional mental states
    • Proposes a theory of a rational structure underlying emotions, with consequences for our control over our own values
    • Clearly and accessibly written
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    "This book is a significant contribution to some of the most central debates in moral psychology and represents an important advance in the articulation of a broadly McDowellian approach to them." Ethics

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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039116
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Two problems of practical reason
    Part I. Felt Evaluations:
    2. Emotions and the cognitive-conative divide
    3. Constituting import
    4. Varieties of import: cares, values and preferences
    Part II. Practical Reason:
    5. Single evaluative perspective
    6. Rational control: freedom of the will and the heart
    7. Deliberation about value
    8. Persons, friendship and moral value
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Bennett W. Helm, Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania
    Bennett Helm is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College.

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