Emotional Truth

Emotional Truth The word truth retains in common use traces of origins that link it to trust truth and truce connoting ideas of fidelity loyalty and authenticity The word has become in contemporary philosophy

  • Title: Emotional Truth
  • Author: Ronald de Sousa
  • ISBN: 9780195181548
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The word truth retains, in common use, traces of origins that link it to trust, truth, and truce, connoting ideas of fidelity, loyalty, and authenticity The word has become, in contemporary philosophy, encased in a web of technicalities, but we know that a true image is a faithful portrait a true friend a loyal one In a novel or a poem, too, we have a feel for what isThe word truth retains, in common use, traces of origins that link it to trust, truth, and truce, connoting ideas of fidelity, loyalty, and authenticity The word has become, in contemporary philosophy, encased in a web of technicalities, but we know that a true image is a faithful portrait a true friend a loyal one In a novel or a poem, too, we have a feel for what is emotionally true, though we are not concerned with the actuality of events and characters depicted To have emotions is to care about certain things we can wonder whether those things are really worth caring about We can wonder whether our passions reflect who we are, and whether they constitute fitting responses to the vicissitudes of life So there are two aspects to emotional truth how well an emotion reflects the threats and promises of the world, and how well it reflects our own individual nature That is the starting point of this book, which looks first at the analogies and disanalogies between strict propositional truth and a looser, generic sense of truth As applied to emotions, generic truth is closer to those original meanings as in a portrait s fidelity or friend s loyalty Taken in this sense, the notion of emotional truth opens up large vistas on areas of life essential to our existence as social beings, and to our concerns with beauty, morality, love, death, sex, knowledge, desire, coherence, and happiness Each of those topics illustrates some facet of the dominant theme of the book the crucial but often ambivalent role of our emotions in grounding and yet also sometimes undermining our values Emotions act, in holistic perspective, as ultimate arbiters of values where different and independently justified standards of value compete.

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