chapter  3
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Desert and communication

A comparable claim is true about Jesse’s deservingness of your resentment. The invocation that Jesse deserves resentment just because he has tried to sabotage your promotion is analogous to the claim that you should believe that Jesse is out to get you just because it is true that he is out to get you. The question of whether someone deserves a reactive emotion appears to collapse into the question of whether or not the emotion’s appraisal is accurate in much the same way that the question of whether to believe P collapses into the question of whether P is true.