Umami ethics: is kindness an acquired taste?

Fitzpatrick, Christopher (2022) Umami ethics: is kindness an acquired taste? Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Is it possible to persuade everyday people to become more generous, courteous and considerate? I believe the answer is yes, and the emotivist framework provides a guide as to how that might be possible. Rather than assume moral values are shared, we are better served by seeking evidence that this is the case. This requires learning how beliefs inform attitudes, which we can do by actively engaging with the experiences of many kinds of people, including those who are very unlike ourselves. When we do this, we can see that values are determined by many things including personal experiences, culture, even simple preference. From here, persuading people to become more kind depends on identifying connections between the values of any one person, and the goals of the society in which they live; being good does not require abstaining from our desires, it means pursuing them with consideration for others.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 15924
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references on page 85
Keywords: philosophy, ethics, emotivism, Hume, empathy
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Philosophy
Date: September 2022
Date Type: Submission
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Kindness--Moral and ethical aspects; Emotivism--Philosophy; Empathy--Philosophy

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