Moral Emotions and Intuitions
'In Moral Emotions and Intuitions Sabine Roeser very ably sketches a new theory of moral judgments. She blends traditional intuitionism's commitment to rationality and ethical realism with the best recent work in the philosophy and psychology of emotions to produce an excitingly attractive view that she calls Affectual Intuitionism. Along the way, she provides a handy guide to the intuitionist literature.' - Robert C. Roberts, Baylor University, USA
'Sabine Roeser's Moral Emotions and Intuitions proposes a novel theory of the nature and interconnections of intuition, moral judgment, emotion, and moral knowledge. She has much to say about each of these, often fruitfully drawing on the insights of Thomas Reid, and she defends provocative views about both emotions and moral knowledge. This book will engage both ethical theorists and moral psychologists.' - Robert Audi, John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, USA
'This is an important book, which engages with two topics which are at the centre of recent debates in ethics: the role of intuitions in our ethical deliberations; and the role of emotions in our intuitions. Roeser argues that ethical intuitions are paradigmatically moral emotions. This view she calls ‘affectual intuitionism. ... this book does raise important issues regarding the role of intuition and emotion in our ethical deliberations, and it will be a starting-point for much future debate.’ - Peter Goldie (1946-2011), University of Manchester, in Philosophical Quarterly.
Foreword by Robert Solomon. Contributions by: Cass Sunstein, Ronald de Sousa, Paul Slovic, Ross Buck and Whitney A. Davis, Dylan Evans, Sabine Döring and Fritz Feger, Robert C. Roberts, Peter Goldie, Simone van der Burg, Dan Kahan, Dieter Birnbacher, Felicitas Krämer, Mark Coeckelbergh, Sabine Roeser.
Are emotions sources of valid intuition about risks, windows onto deep values that policy makers need to take into account? Or are emotions an erratic, biasing, influence on decision making that that policy makers should ignore? Reading this book may not bring you to a definitive answer, but it will expose you to informed, often diametrically opposed, perspectives by leading authorities on emotion, risk and public policy. In one definitive volume, this book presents a remarkable compilation of eloquent wisdom on a topic that keeps growing in importance as environmental and technological risks proliferate."
Prof.dr. George Loewenstein, Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology, Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University.
'A comprehensive and important collection that includes essays by some of the leading figures in the field. ...Essential reading for anyone interested in risk assessment.'
Professor Kristin Shrader-Frechette, University of Notre Dame
'The editors are to be congratulated for bringing together a distinguished international group of theorists to reflect on the issues. This volume will be sure to raise the level of debate while at the same time showing the importance of philosophical reflection in approaches to the problems of the age.'
Professor Jonathan Wolff, University College London
Reid on Ethics
Review by Peter Baumann in Philosophical Quarterl.