Rather than starting from theory and applying it to the world, should we go about things the other way round? A new strain of philosophical thinking argues just thatby Linda Zagzebski / July 31, 2017 / Leave a comment
Questions about morality can fascinate us. What kind of a person do I want to be? What is the moral course of action in any given circumstance? Can I trust my emotions as a guide to morality, or should I rely solely on principles that come from a philosophical theory?
In answering these questions, philosophers often seem to provide theories which are useless in real life, with a gulf between theory and practice. It’s OK if those of us who are philosophers think in the abstract, but it is even better if a theory can be constructed in a way that is useful for self-improvement and moral training.