Imagination and Ethical Ideals: Prospects for a Unified Philosophical and Psychological Understanding

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SUNY Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 184 pages
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Tracing some of the links between philosophical and psychological morality, argues that the fascination with moral principles has led philosophers into a dead end where they cannot deal with relativism and are irrevelant to people's lives. Offers an alternative account of ethical thought founded on a theory of imaginative ideals and applies it to c
  

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Contents

Contemporary Dilemmas in the Project of Ethical Understanding
3
The Mark of the Ethical
14
Imaginationss Fate
16
Hume and Smith Imagination in the Extension of Sympathy
23
Kant
31
Imagination in Moral Judgement and Feeling
37
The SeeingAs Concept of Imagination
43
Wittgensteins Concept of Seeingas
45
Ethical Idealization in Classical Psychoanalysis
87
Later Developments in Classical Psychoanalysis
90
Hartmanns Ego Psychology
91
Heinz Kohuts Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
99
Metapsychology
102
Narcissism and Ethical Idealization in Self Psychology
111
Conclusions and Implications
121
Moral Authority for a Free People
123

Schematisms of Interpretation
50
Ethical Ideals
59
Kierkegaards Approach to Ethical idealization
62
Ideals in Mora Reflection
66
The Moral Philosophy of the Self
69
The Self in Moral Life
72
Psychological Aspects
79
The Self in Classical Psychoanalysis
81
Virtue Ethics Reconsidered
129
Relativism and the Theoreticians Dilemma Reconsidered
136
Democracy and Moral Authority
138
Notes
141
Bibliography
163
Name Index
177
Subject Index
181
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Nathan Tierney is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at California Lutheran University.

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