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Les émotions appropriées verbatim

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Deonna Julien, Teroni Fabrice,
Project Sensing as Activity: Its Impact on the Structure of Perceptual and Emotional Experience
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Ethical Forum/Les cahiers de l'éthique
Volume (Issue) 11(2-3)
Page(s) 151 - 170
Title of proceedings Ethical Forum/Les cahiers de l'éthique

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According to the FA analysis of evaluative concepts, our conception of an object as having a given value is the conception of a given evaluative attitude towards it as being appropriate. In this paper, we explore two challenges that this analysis has to take up. The psychological challenge requires that (i) the analysis appeal to attitudes that are apt to shed light on our evaluative concepts while (ii) not presupposing the mastery of these same concepts. The normative challenge requires that (i) we understand the appropriateness of the relevant attitudes in terms of a kind of normativity intimately related to these attitudes, again (ii) without this presupposing the mastery of the relevant evaluative concepts. To determine whether the FA analysis can meet these challenges, we start by clarifying the sort of attitudes the analysis should appeal to. In section 1, we consider generic attitudes like desires and give some reasons to favor more specific attitudes, namely emotions. The ensuing discussion assesses the prospects of an FA analysis in light of contemporary accounts of emotions. In section 2, we argue that the FA analysis should not be combined with accounts according to which emotions have evaluative contents and then offer, in section 3, some reasons for combining the FA with an account in terms of evaluative attitudes. In section 4, we show how this allows for solving the normative challenge.