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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/297654
Title:
In Defense of Guilt
Author:
Iurino, Charlotte Laura
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Guilt is routinely characterized as an emotion that is not central to morality. Guilt is often described in blanket terms that characterize it as a negative emotion that is harmful to the self, and that does not motivate people to act in pro-social ways. Some argue that guilt should be eliminated from our repertoire of moral emotions altogether. In this paper, I will defend the role of guilt in moral life. First, guilt has an important function in moral motivation. Psychological studies suggest that guilt motivates us to maintain our interpersonal relationships and cooperate with others. Additionally, guilt may play an important role in moral development, aiding in the acquisition of a moral sense. For these reasons, I will argue that it is morally appropriate to feel guilt, and that the cost of guilt is outweighed by its benefits. Therefore, guilt should not be eliminated from our repertoire of moral emotions, as this would eliminate an essential feature of moral life.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Philosophy
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Gill, Michael

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dc.titleIn Defense of Guilten_US
dc.creatorIurino, Charlotte Lauraen_US
dc.contributor.authorIurino, Charlotte Lauraen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractGuilt is routinely characterized as an emotion that is not central to morality. Guilt is often described in blanket terms that characterize it as a negative emotion that is harmful to the self, and that does not motivate people to act in pro-social ways. Some argue that guilt should be eliminated from our repertoire of moral emotions altogether. In this paper, I will defend the role of guilt in moral life. First, guilt has an important function in moral motivation. Psychological studies suggest that guilt motivates us to maintain our interpersonal relationships and cooperate with others. Additionally, guilt may play an important role in moral development, aiding in the acquisition of a moral sense. For these reasons, I will argue that it is morally appropriate to feel guilt, and that the cost of guilt is outweighed by its benefits. Therefore, guilt should not be eliminated from our repertoire of moral emotions, as this would eliminate an essential feature of moral life.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorGill, Michael-
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