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Emotion and Virtue$
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Gopal Sreenivasan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691134550

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691134550.001.0001

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The Integral View

The Integral View

(p.22) 2 The Integral View
Emotion and Virtue

Gopal Sreenivasan

Princeton University Press

This chapter defends the view that a virtuous character trait is, in a sense, a modified emotion trait. It explains a particular conception of the role that emotion plays in virtue, a role that must be recognised by any moral psychological account of virtue that is both adequate and complete. It also examines the role that emotion plays in enabling an agent to pass the 'central test' of virtue and describes the role assigned to emotion in virtue that is at best secondary or peripheral. The chapter identifies specific virtues, such as generosity, courage, and kindness. It rejects the reciprocity of the virtues and discusses individual disunified virtues, considering several distinct virtues as unified.

Keywords:   virtuous character trait, modified emotion trait, emotion, virtue, central test

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