Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk

New York: Oxford University Press (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

We are all guilty of it. We call people terrible names in conversation or online. We vilify those with whom we disagree, and make bolder claims than we could defend. We want to be seen as taking the moral high ground not just to make a point, or move a debate forward, but to look a certain way--incensed, or compassionate, or committed to a cause. We exaggerate. In other words, we grandstand. Nowhere is this more evident than in public discourse today, and especially as it plays out across the internet. To philosophers Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke, who have written extensively about moral grandstanding, such one-upmanship is not just annoying, but dangerous. As politics gets more and more polarized, people on both sides of the spectrum move further and further apart when they let grandstanding get in the way of engaging one another. The pollution of our most urgent conversations with self-interest damages the very causes they are meant to forward. Drawing from work in psychology, economics, and political science, and along with contemporary examples spanning the political spectrum, the authors dive deeply into why and how we grandstand. Using the analytic tools of psychology and moral philosophy, they explain what drives us to behave in this way, and what we stand to lose by taking it too far. Most importantly, they show how, by avoiding grandstanding, we can re-build a public square worth participating in.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,174

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Moral Grandstanding.Justin Tosi & Brandon Warmke - 2016 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 44 (3):197-217.
Moral Grandstanding as a Threat to Free Expression.Justin Tosi & Brandon Warmke - 2020 - Social Philosophy and Policy 37 (2):170-189.
Social Virtue and the Publicity of Morality.Maotang Dai - 2018 - Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy 68:45-47.
From Peer Discourse to Critical Moral Perspectives.Robyn Ilten-Gee & Larry Nucci - 2019 - Precollege Philosophy and Public Practice 1:58-74.
Ethics and Social Policy.Elizabeth Rapaport - 1981 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):285 - 308.
On Theorizing About Public Reason.Gerald Gaus - 2013 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 9 (1):64-85.
Children, Morality and Society.Sam Frankel - 2012 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
Constructivist Moral Realism.J. K. Swindler - 1998 - The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 42:147-153.

Analytics

Added to PP
2020-06-29

Downloads
44 (#262,615)

6 months
6 (#122,892)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Justin Tosi
Texas Tech University
Brandon Warmke
Bowling Green State University

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references