TITLE

Compassion and Pity: An Evaluation of Nussbaum�s Analysis and Defense

AUTHOR(S)
Weber, M.
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Ethical Theory & Moral Practice;Dec2004, Vol. 7 Issue 5, p487
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this paper I argue that Martha Nussbaum�s Aristotelian analysis of compassion and pity is faulty, largely because she fails to distinguish between (a) an emotion�s basic constitutive conditions and the associated constitutive or �intrinsic� norms, (b) �extrinsic� normative conditions, for instance, instrumental and moral considerations, and (c) the causal conditions under which emotion is most likely to be experienced. I also argue that her defense of compassion and pity as morally valuable emotions is inadequate because she treats a wide variety of objections as all stemming from a common commitment to a Stoic conception of the good. I argue that these objections can be construed as neutral between conceptions of the good. I conclude by arguing that construed in this way there are nonetheless plausible replies to these objections.
ACCESSION #
16510740

 

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