More Than A Feeling: The Communicative Function of Regret

International Journal of Philosophical Studies 25 (5):664-681 (2017)
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Rüdiger Bittner argues that regret is not useful and so it is always unreasonable to feel and express it. In this paper, I argue that regret is often reasonable because regret has a communicative function: it communicates where we stand with respect to things we have done and outcomes that we have caused. So, I not only argue that Bittner’s argument is unsuccessful, I also shed light on the nature and purpose of regret.

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Benjamin Matheson
Universitat de Valencia


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