Moral Aims: Essays on the Importance of Getting It Right and Practicing Morality with Others by Cheshire CalhounMoral Aims: Essays on the Importance of Getting It Right and Practicing Morality with Others by Cheshire Calhoun

Moral Aims: Essays on the Importance of Getting It Right and Practicing Morality with Others

byCheshire Calhoun

Hardcover | December 15, 2015

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We rely on two different conceptions of morality. On the one hand, we think of morality as a correct action guide. Morality is accessed by taking up a critical, reflective point of view where our concern is with identifying the moral rules that would be the focus of the requiring activities ofpersons in a hypothetical social world whose participants were capable of accessing the justifications for everyone's endorsing just this set of rules. On the other hand, in doing virtually anything connected with morality - making demands, offering excuses, justifying choices, expressing moralattitudes, getting uptake on our resentments, and the like - we rely on social practices of morality and shared moral understandings that make our moral activities and attitudes intelligible to others. This second conception of morality, unlike the first, is not shaped by the aim of getting it rightor the contrast between correct and merely supposed moral requirements. It is shaped by the moral aim of practicing morality with others within an actual, not merely hypothetical, scheme of social cooperation. If practices based on misguided moral norms seem not to be genuine morality under thefirst conception, merely hypothetical practices seem not to be the genuine article under the second conception. The premise of this book, which collects together nine previously published essay and a new introduction, is that both conceptions are indispensable. But exactly how is the moral theorist to go about working simultaneously with two such different conceptions of morality? The book's project is not toconstruct an overarching methodology for handling the two conceptions of morality. Instead, it is to provide case studies of that work being done.

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Cheshire Calhoun is professor of philosophy at Arizona State University. She works in the areas of normative ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of emotion, and feminist philosophy. Her previous book, Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet: Lesbian and Gay Displacement, was published by OUP in 2000. For Oxford University...

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Title:Moral Aims: Essays on the Importance of Getting It Right and Practicing Morality with OthersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.39 × 5.79 × 1.18 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsPrefaceIntroductionI Critical Morality and Social Norms1. Moral Failure2. An Apology for Moral ShameII Reaching, Relying On, and Contesting Social Consensus on Moral Norms3. The Virtue of Civility4. Common Decency5. Standing for SomethingIII Conventionalized Wrongdoing6. Kant and Compliance with Conventionalized Injustice7. Responsibility and ReproachIV Telling Moral Stories for Others8. Emotional Work9. Changing One's HeartBibliographyIndex