Title

Moral Persuasion and the Diversity of Fictions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2013

Publication Title

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly

Department

Philosophy

Abstract

Narrative representations can change our moral actions and thoughts, for better or for worse. In this article, I develop a theory of fictions' capacity for moral education and moral corruption that is fully sensitive to the diversity of fictions. Specifically, I argue that the way a fiction influences our moral actions and thoughts importantly depends on its genre. This theory promises new insights into practical ethical debates over pornography and media violence.

Volume

94

Issue

3

pp.

269–289

ISSN

0279-0750