Journal of Moral Education 31 (4):423-437 (2002)
AbstractUsing theoretical understandings from many fields, this article makes a detailed argument for how it is that reading literature is one of the best ways to cultivate the moral imagination. Drawing on sources from cognitive science, philosophy, literature and education, I analyse the inter-relationship between literature, moral imagination and moral judgement by connecting the cognitive underpinnings of the moral imagination (prototypes, metaphor and narrative) to the process of moral judgement. Furthermore, this article argues that a cultivated moral imagination will have greater ability to make sound moral judgements. In this way, an explanation of how we actually make decisions in matters of moral significance is put forth and applied to educational pursuits
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