Ethics and Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Semantics for Medical Ethics
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 1998 Apr; 19(2): 117-141.
Cognitive semantics has made important empirical findings about human conceptualization. In this paper some findings concerning moral concepts are analyzed and their implications for medical ethics discussed. The key idea is that morality has to do with metaphors and imagination rather than with well-defined concepts and deduction. It is argued that normative medical ethics to be psychologically realistic should take these findings seriously. This means that an "imaginative casuistry" is to be preferred compared to principlism and to other forms of casuistry. Furthermore, the metaphorical character of central principles in medical ethics such as autonomy, utility, justice, and integrity is indicated. Such principles are interpreted as rules of thumb summarizing the collective wisdom concerning prototype cases.
Autonomy; Beneficence; Bioethics; Casuistry; Consensus; Ethical Analysis; Ethical Theory; Ethics; Forms; Justice; Medical Ethics; Medicine; Metaethics; Metaphor; Methods; Moral Obligations; Morality; Narrative Ethics; Personhood; Philosophy; Principle-Based Ethics; Psychology; Research; Utilitarianism; Virtues;
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
MORAL IMAGINATION: IMPLICATIONS of COGNITIVE SCIENCE for ETHICS, by Mark Johnson; the BODY in the MIND: THE BODILY BASIS of MEANING, IMAGINATION, and REASON, by Mark Johnson; PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES on METAPHOR, by Mark Johnson; METAPHORS WE LIVE BY, by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson Peterman, James F. (1998-12)