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Knowing What To Do: Imagination, Virtue, and Platonism in Ethics

Chappell, Timothy (2014). Knowing What To Do: Imagination, Virtue, and Platonism in Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

Sophie-Grace Chappell develops a picture of what philosophical ethics can be like, once set aside from the idealising and reductive pressures of conventional moral theory. Her question is 'How are we to know what to do?', and the answer she defends is 'By developing our moral imaginations'. The series of studies presented in Knowing What To Do contribute to the case that the moral imagination is a key part of human excellence or virtue by showing that it plays a wide variety of roles in our practical and evaluative lives. There is no short-cut or formulaic way of knowing what to do; but the longer and more painstaking approach is more rewarding anyway. This approach involves developing our repertoire of natural human capacities for imagination, open deliberation, and contemplative attention to the world, the people, and the reality of value around us.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2014 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-968485-5, 978-0-19-968485-4
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
AHRC personal research fellowship, 2011Not SetAHRC
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: 50984
Depositing User: Sophie Grace Chappell
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 13:45
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/50984
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