Philosophy ETDs

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Spring 5-24-1950


I propose to discuss the imaginative mode of thought in terms of its two most significant aspects: first, as a vital seeking for completeness and, secondly, as providing a sense of deepened dimensions to renditions of human acts.

I shall be concerned with the imaginative mode of thought in minds directed to the expression of moral acts. This will be called "the moral imagination" and is conceived as having two major attributes: First, it dissents from views of moral acts which end in the acceptance of them as completed and reducible. Secondly, it affirms further that there is a flow, irregular and irreducible, to a moral life, and that man is more various and more viable than mere systems admit.

The moral imagination is considered as receiving its most significant expression within the humanist tradition generally and within humanist ethics particularly.

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First Committee Member (Chair)

Hubert G. Alexander

Second Committee Member

Archie J. Bahm

Third Committee Member

Ramon J. Sander




Humanism, Renaissance Humanism, Morals, Ethics, Giordano Bruno, William Blake, Peter Blume, Henri Bergson, Aesthetics

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