Problem of Emotional Manipulation

Tomáš Sobek


The aim of this paper is to analyse the emotional manipulation as an ethical problem. At first, I focus on the emotivism, a theory of metaethics and a popular target of critique because of its inability to distinguish between moral argumentation and propaganda. After that, I discuss the concept of manipulation and expose some examples. From the ethical point of view, the manipulation is very questionable method of influencing the behavior of another person, especially in view of the fact that the manipulator gives no respect to her personal autonomy. However, the emotional manipulation is a very intricate issue because the emotional engagement need not undermine the personal autonomy of an individual.


emotional manipulation, emotivism, moral argumentation

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Published by the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
ISSN: 1212-9097