TITLE

Tragic-Remorse-The Anguish of Dirty Hands

AUTHOR(S)
Wijze, Stephen
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Ethical Theory & Moral Practice;Dec2004, Vol. 7 Issue 5, p453
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
16510743

 

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