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Morality, Emotion Markers and Social Change
by Thomas J. Scheff (May 2010)
Experts agree that emotion and feeling are important for many reasons. However, there may be a reason little mentioned as yet: emotions can serve to distinguish what is important to the individual from myriads of cognitions that are not. (Nussbaum 2001 takes a different path but also concludes that emotions serve as markers for values.) Many basic problems arise because modern societies give emotions short shrift. What relevance might such ideas have to the study of morality, and toward changing our society? more>>>