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Sensing Values: A Study of the Epistemic Significance of Emotional Experience

Ballard, Brian (2017) Sensing Values: A Study of the Epistemic Significance of Emotional Experience. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The relation between emotion and value is one of the great longstanding issues in value theory. Anti-realists often have ready accounts of the nature of this relation. For instance, some anti-realists hold that emotions somehow construct evaluative facts. However, it is less obvious how a realist should understand the emotion-value relation. Some realists leave emotions out of the picture altogether, while others regard them as pernicious influences. The present work seeks to address this. My goal is to characterize the emotion-value relation in a way that is amenable to a robust form of value realism, and which gives emotions an indispensable epistemic role. The key theses I argue for are (1) that emotions provide epistemic benefits with respect to value but that presently no account succeeds in saying how they do this and what those benefits are; (2) that emotions represent evaluative properties, and that each emotion represents a unique evaluative property; and (3) that emotions represent evaluative properties in a distinctive way that can be modeled after pictorial styles of representation.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ballard, Brianbscottballard@gmail.combsb40
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMachery,
Committee MemberMcDowell,
Committee MemberWoodward,
Committee MemberWright,
Committee MemberSchafer,
Date: 23 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 4 May 2017
Approval Date: 23 September 2017
Submission Date: 9 July 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 141
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Philosophy
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion; Value; Representation; Iconicity; Moral Knowledge
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2017 23:39
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2017 23:39


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