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date: 26 January 2021

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This article focuses on one particular kind of thinking, the acquisition of beliefs. It asks whether there are emotions that play an important role in our attempts to acquire beliefs correctly, beliefs that we have reason to continue holding and which serve the purposes for which we acquired them. In this case, the article argues, there are emotions that play an important and hard-to-replace role. They are conceptually vital. That is, the article defends the existence of epistemic emotions. Moreover, the article suggests, there are emotions that are specifically directed at epistemic ends.

Keywords: epistemic emotions, acquisition of beliefs, role of emotions, virtue, epistemic motivation

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