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Virtuous Emotions

Kristján Kristjánsson


Aristotelian virtue ethics has gained momentum within latter-day moral theorizing. Many people are drawn towards virtue ethics because of the central place it gives to emotions in the good life; after all, Aristotle says that emotions can have an intermediate and best condition proper to virtue. Yet nowhere does Aristotle provide a definitive list of virtuous emotions. In the Rhetoric, Aristotle does analyse a number of emotions. However, many emotions that one would have expected to see there fail to get a mention, and others are written off rather hastily as morally defective. Whereas most o ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, virtue, emotion, moral justification, emotion education

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809678
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristján Kristjánsson, author
Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics, University of Birmingham

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