Emotion, Cognition, and the Virtue of Flexibility
Should we let ourselves be guided by our emotions when we make ethical decisions? To answer positively is not new, but I offer this without a commitment to cognitivism about emotions. That is, there is a kind of emotion that is not cognitive or belief-like, and that can nevertheless act as a normative guide for us. The way in which non-cognitive emotions can be normative guides is by disrupting engrained habits and beliefs, thus allowing for a kind of open-mindedness that is necessary in a constantly evolving world.