Ethics and Imagination

In James Harold (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Art. Oxford University Press. pp. 709-727 (2023)
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In this chapter, we identify and present predominant debates at the intersection of ethics and imagination. We begin by examining issues on whether our imagination can be constrained by ethical considerations, such as the moral evaluation of imagination, the potential for morality’s constraining our imaginative abilities, and the possibility of moral norms’ governing our imaginings. Then, we present accounts that posit imagination’s integral role in cultivating ethical lives, both through engagements with narrative artworks and in reality. Our final topic of consideration focuses on the possibility of imagination constituting or constructing new ethical or political frameworks.



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