Category Archives: moral network mapping

it’s not just what you think, but how your thoughts are organized

Facebook41 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 41We come into the world with no moral ideas at all and must learn them from others. We learn not just from arguments and explicit principles, but also by observing practices and experiencing emotional reactions.1 We must … Continue reading

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how judgment is structured

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7Everything is judged As you walk through the supermarket, your senses absorb data from tens of thousands of objects. Each presents a binary choice: buy or don’t buy. That is a value judgment, even if the only … Continue reading

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social criticism as reading social forms

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13Patterns and forms are very common in the social world. In Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network, my sister Caroline Levine focuses on the four forms named in her title. She acknowledges that her list may not be … Continue reading

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a method of mapping moral commitments as networks

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17I have been developing a method for representing moral beliefs as networks of ideas. Various friends have also been contributing to the development of this approach. So far, we have asked individuals to name their own beliefs, given them back their … Continue reading

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“the self is moral”

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12Summarizing a body of empirical research, the Duke psychologist Nina Strohminger argues that what constitutes our identity is our moral character, not (for instance) the memories that we have stored so far. Asked what characteristics a soul would hypothetically … Continue reading

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outline of a philosophy

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14At any given moment, an individual holds a very large number of beliefs relevant to moral evaluation and judgment. Some of these beliefs are connected to other ones, producing a network. Not all the connections are strict … Continue reading

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is a network a good representation of a person’s moral worldview?

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13Here is a method that I and some colleagues have been using to model the moral worldview of individuals and of groups. First, pose questions about individuals’ principles, beliefs, and methods and ask them to respond with ideas that they endorse. Then … Continue reading

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watching a community form

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15The 2014 Summer Institute of Civic Studies consists of 24 people who differ by discipline and profession, age, gender, race/ethnicity, ideology/religion, and nationality. (India, Iran, Ukraine, German-speaking Northern Italy, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Francophone Canada, Mexico, and the … Continue reading

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how do we perceive an identity?

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10(Providence, RI) What makes us think that certain features of objects are integral or essential while others are optional? For instance, a banana could be straight and still a banana, but a wheel must be round to … Continue reading

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are religions comprehensive doctrines?

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5John Rawls saw a “plurality of reasonable but incompatible comprehensive doctrines” as a “fact” about the world, or at least about the modern world. He explained: “a reasonable doctrine is an exercise of theoretical reason: it covers … Continue reading

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