Coeckelbergh, M. 2007

Publisher: Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Description

What does it mean to say that imagination plays a role in moral reasoning, and what are the theoretical and practical implications? Engaging with three traditions in moral theory and confronting them with three contexts of moral practice, this book offers a more comprehensive framework to think about these questions. The author develops an argument about the relation between imagination and principles that moves beyond competition metaphors and center-periphery schemas. He shows that both cooperate and are equally necessary to cope with moral problems, and combines insights of different theories and disciplines to explore how this works in practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I: PRAGMATISM AND TECHNOLOGY (DELIBERATING ACTORS)

  • Contemporary Pragmatism
  • Limits
  • Engineering and Medical Care
  • Conclusion Part I

PART II: MORAL SENTIMENT AND CULTURE (JUDGING SPECTATORS)

  • Nussbaum
  • Limits
  • Mass Media and Digital Culture
  • Conclusion Part II

PART III: ABSOLUTISM AND POLITICS (WORLD CITIZENS)

  • Kant and Kantians
  • Limits
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Conclusion Part III

Conclusion
Bibliography

Author Information

Mark Coeckelbergh PhD, University of Birmingham, UK, has been a lecturer in Philosophy at Maastricht University and has worked on several interdisciplinary research projects. He is the author of Liberation and Passion (2002) and The Metaphysics of Autonomy (2004) as well as numerous articles in the area of professional ethics and the ethics of technology. Currently, he works at the philosophy department of the University of Twente and is a senior research fellow of 3TU.Ethics.