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Communicating Moral Concern
Author: Elise Springer

ISBN: 9780262018944
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 23 May 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4
Description:
A novel reframing of moral agency, emphasizing the responsive habits and skills by which we engage one another's attention to moral concerns.Modern moral theories have crystallized around the logic of individual choices, abstracted from social and historical context. Yet most action, including moral theorizing, can equally be understood as a response, conscious or otherwise, to the social world out of which it emerges. In this novel account of moral agency, Elise Springer accords central importance to how we intervene in activity around us. To notice and address what others are doing with their moral agency is to exercise what Springer calls critical responsiveness. Her account of this responsiveness steers critics away from both of the conventionally familiar ideals -- justifying and expressing reactive attitudes on one hand, and prescribing and manipulating behavioral outcomes on the other. Good critical practice functions instead as a dynamic gestural engagement of attention, reaching further than expressive representation but not as far as causal control. To make sense of such engagement, Springer unravels the influence of several entrenched philosophical dichotomi...

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