Creative Imagination: A Moral Phenomenon


The concept of moral imagination received increased attention over the last decennia. There is a growing realization that imagination plays a significant role in moral reasoning in addition to principles, moral laws and abstract reason. Most accounts characterize moral imagination as empathy, metaphorical understanding, narrative reflection and transformative perception. In the present contribution, I shift the focus to creativity. I argue that moral creativity comprises instances of imagination that express themselves as new and valuable responses to moral problems and situations. With help of recent aesthetical research on creativity as a virtue and Dewey’s pragmatist framework, I will defend the claim that creativity is a moral habit that we develop during successive moments of imaginative moral action. I will illustrate the development and advantages of such a habit by analyzing examples of moral decision-making in times of climate change and the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Yanni Ratajczyk, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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Conference: ACERP2021
Stream: Ethics and Globalization

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