PMP Book Series


Announcing new Oxford University Press Book series on Positive Moral Philosophy

co-edited by Cheshire Calhoun, Jules Holyroyd, and Karen Stohr

Positive Moral Philosophy is focused on constructive dimensions of morality and moral life, including

  • constructive accounts of how individual moral performance and character can be improved, and how social moral norms and attitudes can be improved;
  • the nature and function of positively valenced moral attitudes, such as gratitude, appreciation, praise, empathy, sympathy, benevolence, faith in humanity, and hope;
  • alternatives to blaming and punitive responses to wrongdoers, such as restorative justice, truth and reconciliation processes, forgiveness, and scaffolding improved moral agency;
  • the attractiveness of morality, expressed, for example, in moral aspirations and ideals, admiration of moral exemplars, moral striving, and routine compliance with social moral norms;
  • actions that exceed what is morally required, from saintliness and heroism to ordinary volunteerism, the taking on of responsibilities, and philanthropy;
  • positive duties of beneficence, care, or supportiveness, rather than negative duties of restraint;
  • positive virtues, such as hope, compassion, reverence, kindness, trustworthiness, integrity, reverence, cheerfulness, and neighborliness;
  • the social infrastructure of morality, including ordinary social practices of politeness, generosity, and helpfulness; childhood moral education; good moral communities; creating cultures of giving; social supports of virtue; and solidarity relations;
  • models of the moral agent that challenge the homo economicus model of the self-interest-maximizing agent;
  • models of moral communities that exemplify moral ideals and aspirations, or that articulate pathways for collective moral improvement;
  • theories of collective moral progress and moral revolution.

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