Tragic-Remorse-The Anguish of Dirty Hands

Wijze, Stephen
December 2004
Ethical Theory & Moral Practice;Dec2004, Vol. 7 Issue 5, p453
Academic Journal
This paper outlines and defends a notion of �tragic-remorse�. This moral emotion properly accompanies those actions that involve unavoidable moral wrongdoing in general and dirty hands scenarios in particular. Tragic-remorse differs both phenomenologically and conceptually from regret, agent-regret and remorse. By recognising the existence of tragic-remorse, we are better able to account for our complex moral reality which at times makes it necessary for good persons to act in ways that although justified leave the agent with a moral stain and a particular emotional response.


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