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Chapter 4 - Emotions and Value

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 August 2021

Jim Baxter
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University of Leeds
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In this chapter, I begin to develop an account of why psychopaths are unable to see other people as sources of value, a claim that is necessary for the central argument of the book as developed in Chapter 3. Having described psychopathy as a condition characterised primarily by emotional deficiencies, I look to the emotions for evidence of why psychopaths are as they are. I consider the three main philosophical theories of the emotions – cognitivist, ‘feeling’ and perceptualist theories – before settling on a hybrid account, according to which emotions are complexes of thought and feeling. Based on this, I interrogate the relationship between emotions and value, suggesting that emotions play a role in our ability to ascribe value to things in the world. I then trace the implications of these conclusions for the ability of psychopaths, given their emotional deficiencies, to engage evaluatively with the world.

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Moral Responsibility and the Psychopath
The Value of Others
, pp. 98 - 131
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Emotions and Value
  • Jim Baxter, University of Leeds
  • Book: Moral Responsibility and the Psychopath
  • Online publication: 27 August 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009025355.005
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  • Emotions and Value
  • Jim Baxter, University of Leeds
  • Book: Moral Responsibility and the Psychopath
  • Online publication: 27 August 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009025355.005
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  • Emotions and Value
  • Jim Baxter, University of Leeds
  • Book: Moral Responsibility and the Psychopath
  • Online publication: 27 August 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009025355.005
Available formats
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