Note on Moral Imagination

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Moral theories provide us with sufficient criteria for moral judgments and evaluating decisions and actions. However, there is a difficulty with approach to moral reasoning strictly from a “moral theories” approach: despite their knowledge of ethical theories that make intelligent, rational people moral error. These errors can not be attributed solely to ignorance or insensitivity, or even to weakness of character, but rather a lack of moral imagination. Moral judgments i … Read more »

Moral theories provide us with sufficient criteria for moral judgments and evaluating decisions and actions. However, there is a difficulty with approach to moral reasoning strictly from a “moral theories” approach: despite their knowledge of ethical theories that make intelligent, rational people moral error. These errors can not be attributed solely to ignorance or insensitivity, or even to weakness of character, but rather a lack of moral imagination. Moral judgments involve a delicate balance of context, evaluation, projection of moral standards and fantasy. The focal point of this process is a highly developed moral imagination that perceives the nuances of a situation that calls for the frame or schema in which the event is embedded, and imagines how it could be otherwise.
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Patricia H Werhane,
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Publication Date: Jan 22, 1997. Prod #: UV1827-PDF-ENG
A Note on Moral Imagination HBR case solution