Virtuous Emotions

ISBN : 9780198809678

Kristjan Kristjansson
240 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2018
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Many people are drawn towards virtue ethics because of the central place it gives to emotions in the good life. Yet it may seem odd to evaluate emotions as virtuous or non-virtuous, for how can we be held responsible for those powerful feelings that simply engulf us? And how can we educate the young to manage their emotional lives? Kristjan Kristjansson takes a close look at six emotions (awe, grief, jealousy, shame, gratitude, and pity) and explores the ways in which they can be understood as virtuous and educable.


1 Introduction: Developing an Aristotelian Account of Virtuous Emotions
2 Emotions and Moral Value
3 Gratitude
4 Pity
5 Shame
6 Jealousy
7 Grief
8 Awe
9 Educating Emotions
10 Conclusions and Afterthoughts

About the author: 

Kristjan Kristjansson is Deputy Director in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics at the University of Birmingham. His interests lie in research on character and virtues at the intersection between moral philosophy, moral psychology, and moral education. He has published six books on those issues. In 2011, Kristjansson was awarded the Asa Wright Award, the most prestigious award given annually to an Icelandic scholar. His Aristotelian Character Education (Routledge) was voted the best Education book published in the UK in 2015 by the Society for Educational Studies.

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