Cultivating Emotions: Some Ethical Perspectives

Lesch, Walter
June 2001
Ethical Theory & Moral Practice;Jun2001, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p105
Academic Journal
The article presents information on some ethical perspectives for cultivating emotions. Emotions have always been considered as an integral aspect of ethical theory. But there has rarely been a consensus concerning the place they should occupy in the construction of a coherent theory. Emotional life is not automatically an enemy of morality. On the contrary it can be an indispensable part of moral practice. Because of the ambivalent appreciation of emotions, ethics has to be interested in a close analysis of the semantics of passions, emotions and desires. All these phenomena are essential parts of the anthropological background of ethics so often neglected for the sake of a one-sided ideal of rationality.


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