Practical Guilt: Moral Dilemmas, Emotions, and Social Norms

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P.S. Greenspan argues that dilemmas may be regarded as possible consequences of a set of social rules designed to be simple enough to be teachable. Where these rules prohibit action either way, the problematic motivational force of dilemmas can be explained by reference to the role of emotion as a second-best substitute for action. Guilt is seen as a natural but contested candidate for the sort of emotional sanction for wrongdoing that might supply motivational force in dilemmas. In general, it functions as a way of ...

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    • Title: Practical Guilt by P. S. Greenspan
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    • Print ISBN: 9780195090901, 019509090X
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    • Edition: 1995
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