The relationship of emotions, ethics, and authenticity constitutes a nexus of philosophical and psychological problems with wide interdisciplinary relevance. What is the proper role of emotions in moral behavior and theory; are emotions reliable guides to our authentic personal values; and finally; what does it mean to be authentic in one's emotions, assuming that there is such thing as emotional authenticity in the first place? The various contributions of this book seek to answer these vexing but rarely discussed questions, offering a broad intellectual tour that ranges from philosophy to psychology, sociology, and gender studies.
1. Introduction (by Salmela, Mikko); 2. Part I. Authenticity, emotions, and the self; 3. Self-love and the structure of personal values (by Helm, Bennett W.); 4. The self of shame (by Deonna, Julien A.); 5. Authenticity and self-governance (by Betzler, Monika); 6. Part II. Ramifications of emotional authenticity; 7. Picturing the authenticity of emotions (by Kraemer, Felicitas); 8. Status, gender, and the politics of emotional authenticity (by Warner, Leah R.); 9. How to be "emotional"? (by Mayer, Verena); 10. Authenticity and occupational emotions: A philosophical study (by Salmela, Mikko); 11. Part III. Emotional authenticity in ethics and moral psychology; 12. Is emotivism more authentic than cognitivism?: Some reflections on contemporary research in moral psychology (by Joseph, Craig M.); 13. Emotional authenticity as a central basis of moral psychology (by Ellis, Ralph D.); 14. Authentic emotions as ethical guides?: A case for scepticism (by Flam, Helena); 15. Emotional optimality and moral force (by Kristjansson, Kristjan); 16. Index