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What are Moral Emotions? How are they different from basic emotions? Explain.

Topic:  Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply. Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

7.What are Moral Emotions? How are they different from basic emotions? Explain.  (250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is based on the concept of moral emotions and there relevance along with the basic emotions.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the concept of moral emotions, differentiate the same with basic emotions and explain the key role played by them.


Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:


Define moral emotions and their role with examples.


Moral emotions are a variety of social emotions that are involved in forming and communicating moral judgments and decisions, and in motivating behavioral responses to one’s own and others’ moral behavior. Moral emotions help to make important moral judgments by directing people’s moral choices. Discuss the relevance of these emotions. Differentiate between moral emotions and basic emotions with suitable examples.


Conclude with significance of inculcating such moral emotions to one’s life.