Moral Perception and Particularity

Moral Perception and Particularity❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Moral Perception and Particularity Author Lawrence A. Blum – Most contemporary moral philosophy is concerned with issues of rationality universality impartiality and principle By contrast Lawrence Blum is concerned with the psychology of moral agency The essays Most contemporary moral philosophy is concerned with issues of rationality universality impartiality and principle By contrast Lawrence Blum is concerned with the psychology of moral Moral Perception eBook  agency The essays in this collection examine the moral import of emotion motivation judgment perception and group identifications and explore how all these psychic capacities contribute to a morally good life.


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  • Hardcover
  • 273 pages
  • Moral Perception and Particularity
  • Lawrence A. Blum
  • English
  • 09 August 2015
  • 9780521430289

13 thoughts on “Moral Perception and Particularity

  1. Josh says:

    Some interesting objections raised against principle based ethical theories via an analysis of moral perception Influenced by Iris Murdoch Blum here sketches out a conception of moral perception as distinct and most importantly preceding moral judgement that bridges the gap between moral situations and moral principles For Blum the moral agent must be able to perceive features of a situation recognise them as significant moral features and then be able to apply a principle appropriately to the situation 3 aspects which Blum believes principle based ethical theories neglect He also notes a couple interesting points regarding moral perception in moral perception and the action that results from it can go on entirely outside the consideration of moral principles entirely It is often the case that mediation by principles is unnecessary and the perception of moral features in a situation is enough to entail action by the moral agent Another point is that moral perception is good in its own right and worthy of of praise it is indicative of the moral character of the agent Both points Blum believes reveals a limit to moral principles themselves Blum focusses a great deal on Kant and I am interested in continuing my investigation into Kant's ethical theory because I feel at times perhaps Kant has at least some sort of answer the problems Blum proposes

  2. Regan says:

    I've noticed two interesting trends in the philosophical literature on friendship The first is that many contemporary virtue theorists do not identify themselves openly as virtue theorists or if they do they hedge about it The second trend is related to the first I'm guessing contemporary virtue ethicists reinvent the wheel each time with little reference or help from Aristotle the consummate virtue theorist Lawrence Blum came on the scene in the early 1980s not long after Michael Stocker published his famous article using the phenomenon of friendship to critiue both utilitarianism and Kantian deontology the dominant moral theories His critiue was similar to Stocker's although his argument sustained in Friendship Altruism and Morality Neither principle based nor impartialist theories can adeuately capture moral motivation and accordingly they cannot account for the ways in which our conative affective capacities inform our cognitive moral deliberations andor actions Relatedly because they miss the sentiments as a major component of moral life they also miss or mis describe personal relationships including friendships So all in all Blum is arguing for a partialist particularist theory of morality and this will reuire a thorough accounting of moral psychology Moral Perception and Particularity1994 is a follow up to that critiue and extends those arguments still further while connecting himself to the then current trends in feminist care ethics and communitarian theory His aim is to move away from the personalimpersonal dichotomy and to provide a communitarian moral psychology that properly values what he calls the altrustic virtues Once he establishes a what he calls a limited community relativism he is positioned to provide a theory of childhood moral development that fosters and promotes the altruistic virtues His inspiration is the Moral Exemplar as Iris Murdoch envisions her in her novels and philosophical writings Murdoch's characters are exemplary in their attention and receptivity to the particularity of others; they care for others at personal cost without losing their own identities in the process To care for others reuires accurate moral perception we must correctly identify salient moral features of a situation before we can determine ifwhen to act Blum points out that this moral perception often goes on in the absence of principles as it is prior to and informs moral judgment Murdochian exemplars have excellent moral perception as well as a surplus of compassion Compassion is informed and sustained by and through a whole host of moral sensibilities and capacitiesCompassion is Blum's favorite virtue and one gets the impression that he thinks it far surpasses the others in importance He prefers it to empathy which he finds to be a psychologically vague concept My criticism of this book is similar to my critiue of the justicecare dichotomy in feminist theory For all of the work done to legitimate the partialist and affective dimensions of morality including all of the decimating critiues of utilitarian and deontological theories most care theorists end up acknowledging that morality reuires both principles and care thus welcoming justice back into the fold But why Why perpetuate this unhappy marriage Divorce already I say

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