This paper and presentation will promote the thesis that morality is often a creative process. It will present this hypothesis in theory, and augment the hypothesis and argument with examples and case studies. Central to this thesis and construct will be the concept of generating alternative modes of action and perception. I will claim that morality is often not merely choosing between options that are right or wrong, but creating a novel path of action and of thought. Historical and contemporary examples will be presented. In contrast, immorality will be described as frequently resulting from failure of imagination. The “banality of evil,” as scrutinized by Hannah Arendt, will be one reference point. My own theory of creativity and freedom will be elucidated as an integrating synthesis.
|Keywords:||Morality, Creativity, Imagination|
Professor of Philosophy and Executive Director of the Ct. Compact for Service Learning, Humanities, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, USA
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