The Role of Emotion in Decision and Moral Evaluation

  • Michelle Maiese
Part of the New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science book series (NDPCS)


In Chapter 2, I argued that, in order for us to make sense of the world’s meaning and significance, some parts of our surroundings must assume greater importance than others. As Pirsig (1974) writes in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:

All the time we are aware of millions of things around us …d not possibly be conscious of these things and remember all of them because our mind would be so full of useless details we would be unable to think. From all this awareness we must select … a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call the handful of sand the world. (p. 69)


Moral Judgment Moral Evaluation Cognitive Engagement Frame Problem Moral Assessment 
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© Michelle Maiese 2011

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  • Michelle Maiese
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  1. 1.Emmanuel CollegeBostonUSA

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