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Conclusion: Stories and Morals

Colin McGinn

in Ethics, Evil, and Fiction

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238775
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238770.003.0008
 Conclusion: Stories and Morals

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In the conclusion, McGinn distinguishes the ‘commandment’ paradigm and the ‘parable’ paradigm of ethical reflection, and argues that analytical moral philosophy, despite its emphasis on moral language, tends to follow the former. In this book, McGinn has argued that the latter, as exemplified in fictional narrative, with its appeal to our aesthetic sensibility, is the true vehicle of moral thought and persuasion. The fictional world is ideal for the exploration of ethical questions and the acquisition of ethical knowledge.

Keywords: commandment; fiction; moral language; moral philosophy; narrative; parable

Chapter.  2972 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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