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Author: Dan Moller
Title: Anticipated Emotions and Emotional Valence
Publication Info: Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library
August 2011
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Source: Anticipated Emotions and Emotional Valence
Dan Moller


vol. 11, no. 9, pp. 1-16, August 2011
Abstract: This paper addresses two questions: first, when making decisions about what to do, does the mere fact that we will feel regretful or guilty or proud afterward give us reason to act? I argue that these emotions of self-assessment give us little or no reason to act. The second question concerns emotional valence — how desirable or undesirable our emotions are. What is it that determines the valence of an emotion like regret? I argue that the valence of emotions, and indeed of feelings like pain more broadly, is a function of the sensations they involve. As I suggest, understanding the point about emotional valence helps us answer the first question about anticipated emotions. The paper concludes with a discussion of death-bed regrets, and of whether teenagers should listen to their annoying parents.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3521354.0011.009
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