"Moral Philosophers as Ethical Engineers" [essay]
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"Moral Philosophers as Ethical Engineers" [essay]
02-23-2017, 02:31 PM (This post was last modified: 02-23-2017 03:22 PM by eye2i2hear.)
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Moral Philosophers as Ethical Engineers: Limits of Moral Philosophy and a Pragmatist Alternative

by Frank Martela
January 2017

[resists temptation to copy>paste entirety here] Gahh

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Ever since Kant, moral philosophers have been more or less animated by the mission of discovering inescapable law-like rules that would provide a binding justification for morality. Recently, however, many have started to question a) whether this is possible and b) what, after all, this project could achieve.

An alternative vision of the task of moral philosophy starts from the pragmatist idea that philosophizing begins and ends in human experiencing. It leads to a view where morality is seen as a “social technology” that aims to make living together possible, and strengthens people's capability to live a good life within a society. The role of moral philosophy is, accordingly, to develop our moral tools further. Moral philosophers become ethical engineers who use their expertise in ethical topics to criticize existing “moral technology” and construct new concepts, tools, and theories that better answer the current challenges for living a good life.
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Within the pragmatist outlook, morality is seen as a necessary invention—a backbone—of society. Morality “grows out of our needs and our social condition—it is, if you like, a social technology that responds to the problems of that condition” (Kitcher 2011a, 256). It might be partly based on some basic psychological dispositions toward empathy, justice, and so forth that human beings have acquired through evolution (see, e.g., Prinz 2008), but to a large extent it is a social invention that has been shaped by cultural evolution. There is an ongoing discourse about the proper standards for living and behaving in our society that we all are more or less shaped by and shaping. Ethics is a cultural project—the ethical project—in which “we have been engaged for most of our history as a species” (Kitcher 2011b, 2).
author's headings:
  • Prelude
  • Introduction
  • The Limits Of Moral Philosophy
  • Conducting Moral Inquiry Within Moral Experiencing
  • Moral Principles as Tools for Moral Practice
  • Resolving Moral Disagreements and the Possibility of Progress in Ethics
  • Ethical Engineers Participating in Real Life
  • Conclusion
* be sure to catch the bit on Socrates (under Moral Principles as Tools for Moral Practice)!? Investigating

Is it voluntary? (because if it isn't, what inherently is it?)
And can it be voluntary, if there's indoctrination, intimidation, coercion, threats & initiation of violence?
[not to be confused with asking: can it be said to be "voluntary" even when such is present.?]
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02-24-2017, 12:27 PM
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See an offered practical application/consideration from it here.?

Is it voluntary? (because if it isn't, what inherently is it?)
And can it be voluntary, if there's indoctrination, intimidation, coercion, threats & initiation of violence?
[not to be confused with asking: can it be said to be "voluntary" even when such is present.?]
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