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My thesis concerns the role of emotions in moral agency. I argue against the influential ‘sentimentalist’ claim that emotions are the only constituents of the moral reasons for which we act, by showing that emotions are inextricably bound up with our sensory and conceptual capacities. In contrast, I propose we act for moral reasons when we act in light of the narratives we create and understand. Narrative understanding here is the capacity to inhabit a chain of events. It is embodied and action-orientated, and is co-constituted through our emotional, conceptual and sensory capacities.
Philosophy of cognitive science, emotion, moral responsibility, agency.