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Knowing What To Do: Imagination, Virtue, and Platonism in Ethics

Timothy Chappell


This book develops a picture of what philosophical ethics can be like, once set from the idealizing and reductive pressures of conventional moral theory. Its question is ‘How are we to know what to do?’, and its answer is ‘By developing our moral imaginations’. The series of studies that constitute this book contribute to the case that the imagination is a key part of human excellence or virtue by showing that it plays a wide variety of different roles in our practical and evaluative lives. There is no short-cut or formulaic way of knowing what to do; but the longer and more painstaking approa ... More

Keywords: imagination, virtue, Platonism, ethics, anti-theory, attention, value-realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684854
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684854.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Chappell, author
The Open University, UK