Moral Vision

Moral Vision

How Everyday Life Shapes Ethical Thinking

Book - 2005
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Are people being reasonable when they make moral decisions if they cannot supply compelling arguments, criteria, necessary and sufficient conditions, decisive empirical evidence, and the like, asks Cady (philosophy, Hamline U., Minnesota). He argues that formal reasoning happens within conceptual frameworks, but that it cannot prove or provide those frameworks. Metaphor, allegory, parable, narrative, and life experiences all help frame and guide moral reasoning, he says, and though they are not reducible to formal reasoning, neither are they irrational. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Rowman and Littllefield
Moral Thinking is critical of mainstream academic ethics for being pretty nearly stuck on Kant and Mill, for neglecting nonviolence (Gandhi and King), for nearly neglecting the women's movement (it is not yet central to most ethics texts and courses), for largely neglecting the anti-racism movement (also marginal in academic ethics), and for almost totally neglecting the anti-imperialism movement. Moral Vision suggests an integrated approach that includes these often-neglected elements and also recognizes aesthetic and experiential dimensions of ethical reflection. This book will be of interest to anyone wondering what philosophy may contribute to our contemporary struggle with conflicting values and value collisions, personal as well as cultural.

Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005
ISBN: 9780742544949
Characteristics: xvi, 115 p. ; 24 cm

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