The Ethical Implications Of Fictive Imaginings

2147 WordsDec 10, 20149 Pages
The Ethical Implications of Fictive Imaginings Kevin Miller University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Ethics and Fictive Imagining, written by Brandon Cooke, examines the questions regarding whether or not it is ethically wrong to take pleasure in imagining certain things or to prompt these imaginings. Cooke’s thesis is that prompting these types of fictive imaginings is wrong only if these ideas are supposed to be acted upon in the actual world or reality. Cooke then examines what may or may not be ethically wrong, whether an individual is taking pleasure in certain types of fictive imaginings, or the ethical implications of prompting certain imaginings in the thoughts of someone else. It is further explained that if fictively imagining something is not inherently wrong, then arguments that bring an artwork’s ethical implications is a false assumption as these imaginings are not being considered. What Cooke seems to assert, is that fictive imaginings are wrong when they encourage malicious beliefs or attitudes, presumably since these can potentially be translated into real-world actions. In regards to the human imagination, Cooke relies on Berys Gaut’s thoughts regarding the ethical implications of fictive imaginings. It is here that Gaut explains that having any given fictive imagining is the act of entertaining the idea of completing that thought. Although a fictive imagining may be in mind, Gaut explains that someone with this imagining is not always truly committed to
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