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Precis of the mismeasure of the self

Tanesini, Alessandra ORCID: 2022. Precis of the mismeasure of the self. Journal of Philosophical Research 47 , pp. 61-66. 10.5840/jpr20221024193

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In this precis I offer an overview of The Mismeasure of the Self (2021). The book provides accounts of the psychology and epistemology of virtues and vices of self-evaluation such as humility, arrogance, servility, vanity and timidity. I adopt the social psychological framework of attitudes to explain that these virtues and vices are underpinned by clusters of mental states that are the product of motivated cognition, and which, in turn, promote motivated reasoning. I show that each virtue and vice is accompanied by a characteristic emotion. I assess whether we are responsible for vices and briefly describe an ameliorative intervention.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Publisher: Philosophy Documentation Center
ISSN: 2153-7984
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 October 2022
Date of Acceptance: 21 October 2022
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2023 07:03

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