Rowman and Littlefield International

The Moral Psychology of Admiration

Edited by Alfred Archer, André Grahle

Publication date:

25 March 2019

Length of book:

266 pages


Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781786607683

By bringing the work of philosophers and psychologists together this volume is an interdisciplinary, though predominantly philosophical, exploration of an often discussed but rarely researched emotion; admiration. By exploring the moral psychology of admiration the volume examines the nature of this emotion, how it relates to other emotions such as wonder, envy and pride and what role admiration plays in our moral lives. As to the latter, a strong focus is on the potential link between admiration, emulation and the improvement of our characters, as well as of society as a whole.

This is an excellent collection of essays on the "moral psychology of admiration." Archer (Tilburg Univ., Netherlands) and Grahle (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany), both philosophers, organize the essays into four parts: "The Nature of Admiration," "History," "Social and Political Dimensions of Admiration," and "Admiration and Moral Education." The contributors are mostly philosophy and psychology professors at European and American universities, but their expertise extends to a variety of other disciplines. This book could serve as textbook in courses on moral psychology. . . this is a worthwhile resource for those interested in admiration as an aspect of moral philosophy or moral psychology.

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.