ABSTRACT

Despite the many attempts to disentangle the relationship between morality and emotion, as is clear from the myriad of approaches that try to understand the nature and importance of their connection, the extent of this synergy remains rather controversial.

The multidisciplinary framework of the present volume was specifically designed to challenge self-containing disciplinary views, encouraging a more integrative analysis that covers various methodological angles and theoretical perspectives. Contributions include discussions on the interrelation between moral philosophy, emotion and identity, namely the clash between grand ethical theories and the practicality of human life; philosophical considerations on akrasia or the so called weakness of will, and the factors behind it; anthropological reflections on empathy and prosocial behavior; accounts from artificial intelligence and evolutionary game theory; and literary and artistic dissections of emotional responses to the representational power of fiction and the image.

The inclusion of chapters from varied scientific backgrounds substantially enriches this debate and shows that several core questions, such as the ones related to identity and to the way we perceive the other and ourselves, are transversal. It is therefore valuable and pressing to further explore these common threads, and to encourage disciplinary dialogues across both traditional and emerging fields to help shed new light on the puzzling and fascinating ways in which morality and emotion are mutually imbricated.

chapter |12 pages

Introduction

Morality and emotion or ‘well, that's another fine mess you got me into’
BySara Graça da Silva

chapter |22 pages

Emotions, morality, and identity

ByJesse Prinz

chapter |15 pages

Weakness of will and self-control

The role of emotions in impulsive behaviour
ByVasco Correia

chapter |12 pages

Emotions and akratic feelings

Insights into morality through emotions
ByDina Mendonça

chapter |21 pages

Morality and empathy vs empathy and morality

A quest for the source of goodness in phylogenetic and ontogenetic contexts
ByAugusta Gaspar

chapter |16 pages

Software sans emotions but with ethical discernment

ByLuís Moniz Pereira

chapter |13 pages

Moral feelings from rocky fictional ground

ByEileen John

chapter |14 pages

Emotional rescue and, au ralenti, some stories about images

ByCarlos Augusto Ribeiro