THE ROUTE OF GOODNESS. EPISTEMIC EMOTIONS, SELF-TRANSFORMATION, AND PERFECTION

Laura Candiotto

Abstract


The aim of this essay is to detect the role of epistemic emotions in the development of rationality as human perfection. I take the development of excellence as a process of self-transformation, broadening the notion of rationality to include affective powers, and discussing the eudaimonic value of wisdom. Thus, I depict the perfectionist route that brings the epistemic agent to wisdom as prudential value, explaining why being in the route of goodness matters for the agent’s happiness. In doing so, I refer to the account of epistemic emotions as building blocks of intellectual virtues [Candiotto 2017], arguing for one of its tenets, the one for which epistemic emotions have the capacity to transform the character of the epistemic agent beneficially.


Keywords


Perfectionism; Virtue Epistemology; Epistemic Emotions; Wisdom; Self-Transformation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13136/thau.v4i0.86

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.13136/thau.v4i0.86.g78

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