Knowing What To Do: Imagination, Virtue, and Platonism in Ethics

Hardcover | April 9, 2014

byTimothy Chappell

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Timothy Chappell develops a picture of what philosophical ethics can be like, once set aside from the idealising and reductive pressures of conventional moral theory. His question is "How are we to know what to do?", and the answer he defends is "By developing our moral imaginations". Theseries of studies presented in Knowing What To Do contribute to the case that the moral imagination is a key part of human excellence or virtue by showing that it plays a wide variety of roles in our practical and evaluative lives. There is no short-cut or formulaic way of knowing what to do; butthe longer and more painstaking approach is more rewarding anyway. This approach involves developing our repertoire of natural human capacities for imagination, open deliberation, and contemplative attention to the world, the people, and the reality of value around us.

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Timothy Chappell develops a picture of what philosophical ethics can be like, once set aside from the idealising and reductive pressures of conventional moral theory. His question is "How are we to know what to do?", and the answer he defends is "By developing our moral imaginations". Theseries of studies presented in Knowing What To D...

Timothy Chappell is the author of numerous books and articles on ethics, ancient philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of religion. He has taught at universities including the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia, the University of East Anglia, and the University of Manchester. Since 2006 he has been Professor o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. What makes a good decision?2. Three kinds of moral imagination3. Intuition, system, and the 'paradox' of deontology4. Impartial benevolence and partial love5. Internal reasons and the heart's desire6. On the very idea of criteria for personhood7. Glory as an ethical idea8. Nobility and beauty in ethics9. Moral certainties10. Why ethics is hard11. The varieties of knowledge in Plato and Aristotle12. Platonistic virtue ethicsBibliography