What Maisie Knew: Moral Imagination and Two Conceptions of Moral Thought

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    Abstract

    According to a widely held view, moral thought essentially involves the survey of an array of independently specifiable morally relevant facts, on the basis of which an agent is to reach a judgment about how anybody in that situation ought to act. I argue, drawing on Henry James's What Maisie Knew, that one thing that such a view discounts is the role of imagination in moral thought, and specifically in contributing to what Iris Murdoch has called someone's personal vision of life.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)141-157
    Number of pages17
    JournalSATS: Northern European Journal of Philosophy
    Volume18
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2017

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