P.D. Magnus (research)

Pragmatism, moral imagination, and existential choices

A reflection on pragmatist philosophy of science (in general) and Matt Brown's ideal of moral imagination (in particular).

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This paper addresses the ideal of moral imagination, Matthew Brown's pragmatist account of how to reason about values in science. Extending Hilary Putnam's juxtaposition of Dewey and James, I suggest that personal existential choices are a lacuna in Brown's discussion. I explore some ways in which the gap might be articulated and filled.


	AUTHOR = {P.D. Magnus},
	TITLE = {Pragmatism, moral imagination, and existential choices},
	BOOKTITLE = {Values, Pluralism, and Pragmatism: Themes from the Work of {M}atthew {J}. {B}rown},
	EDITOR = {Jonathan Y. Tsou and Jamie Shaw and Carla Fehr},
	PUBLISHER = {Springer},
	SERIES = {Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science},
	YEAR = {forthcoming}

The first on-line draft of this paper was posted 21jun2023.