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Moral UnderstandingsA Feminist Study in Ethics$
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Margaret Urban Walker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315394.001.0001

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Unnecessary Identities

Unnecessary Identities

Representational Practices and Moral Recognition

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(p.185) 8 UNNECESSARY IDENTITIES
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Moral Understandings
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Margaret Urban Walker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315394.003.0008

Representational practices affect moral perception and moral recognition, and so are proper studies for moral philosophy. Using Wittgenstein's idea that a human body pictures a soul, this chapter examines three patterns of representation of human bodies that impair or bias moral perception and proper recognition of human beings. Stereo-graphy fuses representation of the bodies of one kind of human being to a particular kind of comportment. Porno-graphy repetitively pictures certain bodies in sexualized ways. Necro-graphy produces representations of bodies that picture living human beings as already dead or beyond hope, or inscribe dead human bodies with an insult to their humanity. Moral graphics — the study of morally significant patterns of representation — aids in understanding the construction of identities, the nature and impact of stereotypes, and the fact that some kinds of prejudice are not easily accessible by conscious reflection.

Keywords:   bias, human bodies, moral perception, moral graphics, necro-graphy, prejudice, porno-graphy, representational practices, stereo-graphy, Ludwig Wittgenstein

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