The Passion of the Possible: Choice, Multiplicity, and Commitment

Journal of Moral Education 19 (2):67-76 (1990)
Abstract Ethical action takes place when spaces are opened for concrete choices made by situated human beings. Enmeshed in relationships and projects, such human beings must attend to the impinging social and political contexts and attempt to overcome the carelessness, systematization, and neglect that stand in the way of morality. Unable to depend on abstract formulations or ahistorical norms, they must continue clarifying their experience and creating their values by means of continuing dialogue. Carried on in the clearest language possible, conducted against backgrounds of intersubjectively lived life, the dialogue must be governed by agreed?upon rules of civility and friendship. The ethical commitments that arise out of communication of this kind must be marked by passion, by an attentiveness to the deficiencies, the particularities, the possibilities of the world. They must be part of a community in?the?making, with more and more persons included, all articulating visions of still untapped possibility
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