Conference Paper in Published Proceedings
In this paper, I explore the idea that someone can deserve resentment or other reactive emotions for what she does by attention to three psychological functions of such emotions – appraisal, communication, and sanction – that I argue ground claims of their desert. I argue that attention to these functions helps to elucidate the moral aims of reactive emotions and to distinguish the distinct claims of desert, as opposed to other moral considerations.
Cogley, Zac. 2013. “Basic Desert of Reactive Emotions.” Philosophical Explorations 16 (2): 165–177. doi:10.1080/13869795.2013.787441.