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The FA Analysis of Emotional Values and Practical Reasons*

  • Stephane Lemaire (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 September 2012

ABSTRACT: Confronted with the “wrong kind of reason problem”, several proponents of the fitting attitude analysis of emotional values have argued in favor of an epistemic approach. In such a view, an emotion fits its object because the emotion is correct. However, I argue that we should reorient our search towards a practical approach because only practical considerations can provide a satisfying explanation of the fittingness of emotional responses. This practical approach is partially revisionist, particularly because it is no longer an analysis of final value and because it is relativistic.

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I am grateful to Christine Tappolet and Cain Todd for their very helpful comments on a previous version of this paper and to Nadja Berrebi and John Angell for their editorial assistance with the manuscript.

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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