Moral Progress. Meaning, Measure and Method

Projekt: Forskning

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The idea that mankind has made and continues to make moral progress is widespread. However, it has been largely neglected within contemporary moral philosophy. The project plans to redress some of this neglect. Its overall goal is to address a spectrum of questions about moral progress and clarify the relations between them:
Conceptual questions: A much contested idea is that moral progress is not mere change for the better, but a change with a purpose. We are cautiously optimistic about working out an alternative that avoids investing history with a purpose. Another aim is to clarify the betterness-relation in ’moral progress’, and expose the possible meta-ethical commitments that come with it.
Questions concerning collective progress: Moral progress is often equated with widening morality’s scope by including previously excluded groups in our moral sphere, or by extending our list of rights and requirements. The project aims to problematize and clarify the relevant concept of ’inclusion’, as well as the relation between force and scope of morality.
Questions about individual progress: The project focuses on two phenomena that have been assumed to affect individual moral development: What normative and empirical support is available for believing that social media plays a novel and important role for the development of people’s moral character, and that fiction, by evoking empathy and imagination, promotes moral improvement?

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The idea that mankind has made and continues to make moral progress is widespread. However, it has been largely neglected within contemporary moral philosophy. The project plans to redress some of this neglect. Its overall goal is to address a spectrum of questions about moral progress and clarify the relations between them:
Conceptual questions: A much contested idea is that moral progress is not mere change for the better, but a change with a purpose. We are cautiously optimistic about working out an alternative that avoids investing history with a purpose. Another aim is to clarify the betterness-relation in ’moral progress’, and expose the possible meta-ethical commitments that come with it.
Questions concerning collective progress: Moral progress is often equated with widening morality’s scope by including previously excluded groups in our moral sphere, or by extending our list of rights and requirements. The project aims to problematize and clarify the relevant concept of ’inclusion’, as well as the relation between force and scope of morality.
Questions about individual progress: The project focuses on two phenomena that have been assumed to affect individual moral development: What normative and empirical support is available for believing that social media plays a novel and important role for the development of people’s moral character, and that fiction, by evoking empathy and imagination, promotes moral improvement?
Kort titelMoral Progress
AkronymMP
StatusPågående
Gällande start-/slutdatum2016/01/01 → …

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