Impartiality, compassion, and modal imagination

Ethics 101 (4):726-757 (1991)
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We need modal imagination in order to extend our conception of reality - and, in particular, of human beings - beyond our immediate experience in the indexical present; and we need to do this in order to preserve the significance of human interaction. To make this leap of imagination successfully is to achieve not only insight but also an impartial perspective on our own and others' inner states. This perspective is a necessary condition of experiencing compassion for others. This is the primary thesis I will try to defend in this discussion.

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Adrian M. S. Piper
APRA Foundation, Berlin


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