Group Emotion and Group Understanding

Brady, M. S. (2016) Group Emotion and Group Understanding. In: Brady, M. and Fricker, M. (eds.) The Epistemic Life of Groups. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 95-110. ISBN 9780198759645 (doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759645.001.0001)

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This chapter focuses on the positive epistemic value that individual and group emotion can have. It explains how group emotion can help to bring about the highest epistemic good, namely group understanding. It is argues that this group good would be difficult to achieve, in very many cases, in the absence of group emotion. Even if group emotion sometimes—indeed often—leads us astray, we would be worse off, from the standpoint of achieving the highest epistemic good, without it. The chapter illustrates the connection between group emotion and group understanding by focusing on the phenomenon of public inquiries.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brady, Professor Michael
Authors: Brady, M. S.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Publisher:Oxford University Press
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