Moral persuasion and the diversity of fiction
Date of Issue2013
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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.
Pacific philosophical quarterly
© 2013 The Author. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, published by John Wiley & Sons on behalf of The Author. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/papq.12000].