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Meaning in imagination : a visual narrative study of moral imagination in Covid-19 related moral dilemmas

Arjomand, Arya (2022) Meaning in imagination : a visual narrative study of moral imagination in Covid-19 related moral dilemmas.

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Abstract:The atmosphere of instability brought by Covid-19 pandemic has brought about new conflict between contemporary norms and values, leading to novel moral dilemmas with variety of negative consequences. Considering unprecedented moral dilemmas that society is facing at the time of the pandemic, increasing our understating of moral imagination to navigate challenges of Covid-19 could help facing these emergent issues. Moral imagination is considered a constitutive of moral appraisal of novel moral dilemmas (Johnson, 2016). This study aimed to provide phenomenological insights into role of moral imagination by investigating how individuals make sense of novel moral dilemmas brought about by the pandemic. That is, to inquire what individuals define as moral dilemmas in certain Covid-19 related scenarios; what morally acceptable solutions do they imagine for these dilemmas and whether these solutions are based on meaningful underlying themes. In this study, responses of people from four different countries to pandemic related drawings depicting moral dilemmas are investigated inductively using thematic analysis. The theory of morality as cooperation by Curry (2016), which takes an evolutionary game theory approach to defining distinct domains of moral ‘elements’, has been adopted as a theoretical framework to analyse the results deductively. A diverse range of responses was gathered in the results to create a metaphorical moral landscape for each scenario. The role of moral imagination in moral deliberation was further exemplified by the richness of detail in individual responses to each scenario dilemma. Implications of both inductive and deductive analysis is further discussed in this paper.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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