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Moral Emotions and Intuitions


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Intuitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Sabine Roeser
      Pages 3-44
    3. Sabine Roeser
      Pages 45-78
    4. Sabine Roeser
      Pages 79-107
  3. Emotions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-110
    2. Sabine Roeser
      Pages 111-137
    3. Sabine Roeser
      Pages 138-179
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 183-207

About this book


The author presents a new philosophical theory according to which we need intuitions and emotions in order to have objective moral knowledge, which is called affectual intuitionism.  Affectual Intuitionism combines ethical intuitionism with a cognitive theory of emotions.


ethics knowledge morality philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Delft University of Technology and University of TwenteThe Netherlands

About the authors

SABINE ROESER is Professor of Political Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Twente, Associate Professor of Ethics at Delft University of Technology, and managing director of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, The Netherlands. She has published articles and edited volumes on Thomas Reid, ethical intuitionism, emotion and risk. She is editor of the volume Reid on Ethics (2010, Palgrave Macmillan).

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'In Moral Emotions and Intuitions Sabine Roeser very ably sketches a new theory of moral judgments. She blends traditional intuitionism's commitment to rationality and ethical realism with the best recent work in the philosophy and psychology of emotions to produce an excitingly attractive view that she calls Affectual Intuitionism. Along the way, she provides a handy guide to the intuitionist literature.' - Robert C. Roberts, Baylor University, USA

'Sabine Roeser's Moral Emotions and Intuitions proposes a novel theory of the nature and interconnections of intuition, moral judgment, emotion, and moral knowledge. She has much to say about each of these, often fruitfully drawing on the insights of Thomas Reid, and she defends provocative views about both emotions and moral knowledge. This book will engage both ethical theorists and moral psychologists.' - Robert Audi, John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, USA