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Art, Emotion and Ethics$
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Berys Gaut

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263219.001.0001

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Emotion and Imagination

Emotion and Imagination

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Art, Emotion and Ethics

Berys Gaut (Contributor Webpage)

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Emotions figure in both the cognitive argument, through the idea of emotional education, and in the merited response argument. This chapter argues for emotional realism, the doctrine that emotions can be real rather than merely imagined when directed towards fictional situations, and that such emotions can be rational. The most influential irrealist account due to Kendall Walton is criticized. It is argued that one need not have an appropriate belief in order to have an emotion, an anti-judgementalist position defended by Patricia Greenspan. It is also shown that the motivational aspect of an emotion may consist only in a desire or wish. Three criteria are developed for the rationality of emotions. It is argued that according to these criteria, fiction-directed emotions can be rational.

Keywords:   anti-judgementalism, emotional realism, emotion and fictions, Greenspan, rationality, Walton

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