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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Imagination and Ethical Ideals is an interdisciplinary work which investigates some of the links between moral philosophy and moral psychology, with implications for both personal ethics and social philosophy. Tierney begins with the argument that the widespread fascination with moral principles has led moral philosophers into a dead end, which is revealed both by their inability to deal with the problem of relativism, and by the felt irrelevancy of moral philosophy to the lives that people are actually striving to lead. He then offers an alternative account of the nature of ethical thought, grounded in a theory of imaginative ethical ideals. A psychological framework for ideals is then developed using the results of contemporary psychoanalysis and psychology, particularly the self psychology of Heinz Kohut.
 

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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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