Moral Literacy

Moral Literacy

by Barbara Herman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674030524

ISBN-13: 9780674030527

Pub. Date: 09/01/2008

Publisher: Harvard University Press

A distinguished moral philosopher and a leading interpreter of Kant's ethics, Barbara Herman draws on Kant to address timeless issues in ethical theory as well as ones arising from current moral problems, such as obligations to distant need, the history of slavery as it bears on affirmative action, and the moral costs of reparative justice.

Challenging various

Overview

A distinguished moral philosopher and a leading interpreter of Kant's ethics, Barbara Herman draws on Kant to address timeless issues in ethical theory as well as ones arising from current moral problems, such as obligations to distant need, the history of slavery as it bears on affirmative action, and the moral costs of reparative justice.

Challenging various Kantian orthodoxies, Herman offers a view of moral competency as a complex achievement, governed by rational norms and dependent on supportive social conditions. She argues that the objectivity of duties and obligations does not rule out the possibility of or need for moral invention. Her goal is not to revise Kant but to explore the issues and ask the questions that he did not consider.

Some of the essays involve explicit interpretation of Kant, and others are prompted by ground-level questions. For example, how should we think about moral character given what we know about the fault lines in normal development? If ordinary moral life is saturated by the content of local institutions, how should our accounts of moral obligation and judgment accommodate this?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674030527
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. Making Room for Character
  • 2. Pluralism and the Community of Moral Judgment
  • 3. A Cosmopolitan Kingdom of Ends
  • 4. Moral Literacy I: Responsibility and Moral Competence
  • 5. Moral Literacy II: Can Virtue Be Taught? The Problem of New Moral Facts
  • 6. Training to Autonomy: Kant and the Question of Moral Education
  • 7. Bootstrapping
  • 8. Rethinking Kant’s Hedonism
  • 9. The Scope of Moral Requirement
  • 10. The Will and Its Objects
  • 11. Obligatory Finds
  • 12. Moral Improvisation
  • 13. Contingency in Obligation
  • Notes
  • Credits
  • Index

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