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Why ethics is hard

Chappell, Timothy (2014). Why ethics is hard. Journal of Moral Philosophy, 11(6) pp. 704–726.

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I argue that one central resource for ethical thinking, seriously under-explored in contemporary anglophone philosophy, is moral phenomenology, the exploration of the texture and quality (the “what-it’s-like-ness”) of moral experience. Perhaps a barrier that has prevented people from using this resource is that it’s hard to talk about experience. But such knowledge can be communicated, e.g. by poetry and drama. In having such experiences, either in real life or at second-hand through art, we can gain moral knowledge, rather as Mary the colour scientist can gain knowledge of colours; such knowledge is a real cognitive gain, but it is not knowledge of the propositional kind that philosophers have usually focused on.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Brill
ISSN: 1745-5243
Keywords: virtue ethics; phenomenology; moral experience; ethics
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 40452
Depositing User: Sophie Grace Chappell
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2014 11:01
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 12:10
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