Emotions and Values In Practice: The Case of Elderly Care

Søren Harnow Klausen, Regina Christiansen, Jakob Emiliussen, Søren Engelsen

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The moral and epistemic significance of emotions has been increasingly emphasized in recent philosophy. The focus has been mostly on metaethical questions. We add a new perspective by considering the practical importance of gauging, reacting to, enhancing, or reducing the emotions of others and oneself. We focus particularly on the collective aspect of emotion development and regulation, how emotions are entangled with values, and how they may be used constructively for handling otherwise difficult situations. We use the case of elderly care, drawing on a qualitative study from a Danish municipality, to illustrate the complex and multifarious ways in which emotions shape the normative landscape in which attempts to maintain or improve well-being take place.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDanish Yearbook of Philosophy
VolumeAdvance Articles
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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