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The Many Flavours of Regret

Price, Carolyn (2020). The Many Flavours of Regret. The Monist, 103(2) (In Press).

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Daniel Jacobson (2013) has argued that regret is a single sentiment, defined by a particular intentional content and a particular set of motivational effects. Its function, he claims, is to motivate remedial action if possible, but at any rate, to prompt policy change; he concludes that regret is concerned specifically with mistakes. In this discussion, I present an alternative account. Extending a suggestion made by Daniel Kahneman (1995, 1998), I argue that regret is not a single sentiment, but comes in a range of emotional flavours, distinguished by their phenomenology and by their cognitive and motivational effects. As a result, different flavours of regret have different fittingness conditions and contribute to our lives in different ways.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2020 Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0026-9662
Keywords: Jacobson; Williams; regret; emotion; motivation; action; mistake; luck
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 66180
Depositing User: Carolyn Price
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2019 08:36
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2019 16:21
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