Scientific article

What Role for Emotions in Well-being?

Published inPhilosophical topics, vol. 41, no. 1, no. Special Issue on Happiness, p. 123-142
Publication date2013

In this article, we ask whether and in what way emotions are in themselves good for the well-being of the individuals who experience them. Our overall argument aims at showing that an objectivist list theory of well-being suitably anchored within a value-based theory of the emotions provides the best framework for answering these questions. Emotions so conceived, we claim, provide for the sort of first-person perspective understanding of values that is required in order to pursue them. This conclusion we reach only after having brought to light in the first part of the article the limitations of rival hedonist and desire-based theories of well-being. We conclude that at least part of the insights fuelling these theories, i.e. getting what one wants and good feelings are a measure of how well our lives go, can happily be accounted for within the approach we recommend.

  • Emotion
  • Value
  • Well-being
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Affect/Emotion
  • Happiness
Citation (ISO format)
DEONNA, Julien, TERONI, Fabrice. What Role for Emotions in Well-being? In: Philosophical topics, 2013, vol. 41, n° 1, p. 123–142. doi: 10.5840/philtopics20134116
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ISSN of the journal0276-2080

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