Is It For Divorce Emotions From Moral Judgement?

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Is it possible to divorce emotions from moral judgement? Meta-ethics are a branch of ethics that proclaim that moral statements or judgements are nothing more than experiences of emotion. Emotivism - or boo-hurrah - is an ethical theory which regards ethical and value judgements as expressions of feeling or attitude and prescriptions of action. Research in psychology and cognitive science has consistently demonstrated the importance of emotion in a wide range of everyday judgments, including moral judgment. Most current accounts of moral judgement hold that emotion plays an important role, but the nature and extent of this role are still debated. A further question is asked: do we strip off our emotions and become this basic structure of an animal or are we more than the rest of the animal kingdom, as we seem to believe? To start off, it is important that we have a good understanding of what an emotion actually is. It is a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and a behavioural or expressive response. The human body is designed to experience emotions and this impacts people’s daily lives. Some have more of certain emotions than others and they can also be what forms bonds with other humans. But do they impact us enough when it comes to making big moral decisions and do humans still resort to their animal instincts? Emotions are such a huge range of feeling that it is almost impossible to

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