How do we know what is morally right or wrong, good or bad? There have been innumerable answers to this question in the history of philosophy. Most of these answers can be grouped under two major positions. Either moral experience is emotional, but then it must be subjective (sentimentalism); or it is objective, but then it must be rational (rationalism). This division is based on the dichotomy between reason and emotion. However, this dichotomy has long been rejected by many emotion-scholars from philosophy and psychology alike. They believe that we need emotions in order to be practically rational. This conference will explore the potential contribution that moral emotions and intuitions can make to our moral knowledge.
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