Rehabilitating Resentment and Choosing What We Feel

Neu, Jerome
November 2008
APA Newsletters;Fall2008, Vol. 8 Issue 1, Special section p2
The article focuses on the contributions of Arizona State University law professor Jeffrie G. Murphy to moral psychology and the way he has increased understanding of the subtleties of people's attitudes, judgments, and emotions in an analytical context. In particular, the author examines Murphy's work on resentment, vindictiveness and forgiveness. The author believes that although people can try to have certain attitudes or alter feelings, there are limits on their ability to choose emotions and motives, raising both psychological and moral problems.


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