Feeling Our Way toward Moral Objectivity

Naomi Scheman

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This chapter first makes two arguments: that emotions are social constructs; and that emotions are necessary to moral judgments. With these in mind, consider that an "objective" judgment is one that remains stable across a wide variety of perspectives and can shift intelligibly when needed. These provide an intelligible "spiral" of emotionally informed moral judgments that can be taken seriously by themselves as well as by the relatively privileged, which will allow for transformative critique that can enhance future emotional responses, thereby creating the possibility of moral objectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShifting Ground
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge and Reality, Transgression and Trustworthiness
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267483
ISBN (Print)9780195395112
StatePublished - May 27 2015


  • Emotional responses
  • Moral judgments
  • Moral objectivity
  • Social constructs
  • Transformative critique


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