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Ethical Sentimentalism

Ethical Sentimentalism
New Perspectives


Michael Frazer, Jesse Prinz, Simon Blackburn, Karl Schafer, Terry Horgan, Mark Timmons, Peter Railton, Antti Kauppinen, Michelle Mason, Remy Debes, Karsten Stueber, Diana Tietjens Meyers, David Wong, Justin D'Arms, Daniel Jacobson
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  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107089617

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  • In recent years there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in ethical sentimentalism, a moral theory first articulated during the Scottish Enlightenment. Ethical Sentimentalism promises a conception of morality that is grounded in a realistic account of human psychology, which, correspondingly, acknowledges the central place of emotion in our moral lives. However, this promise has encountered its share of philosophical difficulties. Chief among them is the question of how to square the limited scope of human motivation and psychological mechanism - so easily influenced by personal, social, and cultural circumstance - with the seeming universal scope and objective nature of moral judgment. The essays in this volume provide a comprehensive evaluation of the sentimentalist project with a particular eye to this difficulty. Each essay offers critical clarification, innovative answers to central challenges, and new directions for ethical sentimentalism in general.

    • Presents the first comprehensive evaluation of this key topic in modern philosophy, allowing readers to situate themselves in historical and contemporary discussions
    • Well-known authors from a variety of philosophical fields contribute fresh and engaging perspectives on central issues, addressing and developing debates around ethical sentimentalism
    • Addresses the relation between morality and emotion, making this book an important resource for readers working in the psychological sciences as well as philosophy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107089617
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. Interdisciplinary before the disciplines: moral sentimentalism and the new science of man Michael Frazer
    2. Neo-classical sentimentalism Jesse Prinz
    3. Moral epistemology for sentimentalists Simon Blackburn
    4. Evolutionary debunking arguments, explanatory structure and the appeal of anti-realism Karl Schafer
    5. Sentimentalist moral-perceptual experience and realist pretensions Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons
    6. Sentimentalism and realism in epistemology and ethics Peter Railton
    7. Sentimentalism, blameworthiness and wrongdoing Antti Kauppinen
    8. Reactive attitudes and second-person address Michelle Mason
    9. The authority of empathy (or how to ground sentimentalism) Remy Debes
    10. Smithean constructivism: elucidating the reality of the normative domain Karsten Stueber
    11. A modest feminist sentimentalism: empathy and moral understanding across social difference Diana Tietjens Meyers
    12. Moral sentimentalism in early Confucian thought David Wong
    13. Whither sentimentalism? On fear, the fearsome and the dangerous Justin D'Arms and Daniel Jacobson

  • Editors

    Remy Debes, University of Memphis
    Remy Debes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on moral theory with an emphasis on human dignity, respect, metaethics, moral psychology, empathy, and understanding. He is the editor of Dignity: A History (forthcoming).

    Karsten R. Stueber, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
    Karsten R. Stueber is Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts. He is the author of, among others, Rediscovering Empathy: Agency, Folk Psychology, and the Human Sciences (2006), and co-editor of Empathy and Agency (2000) and Debating Dispositions (2009).


    Michael Frazer, Jesse Prinz, Simon Blackburn, Karl Schafer, Terry Horgan, Mark Timmons, Peter Railton, Antti Kauppinen, Michelle Mason, Remy Debes, Karsten Stueber, Diana Tietjens Meyers, David Wong, Justin D'Arms, Daniel Jacobson

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