Failures of Imagination: Stuck and Out of Luck in the American Metropolis

Title: Failures of Imagination: Stuck and Out of Luck in the American Metropolis
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2008
Published In: Ethics Place and Environment: A Journal of Philosophy & Geography
Description: Ethical choice and action in the built environment are complicated by the fact that moral agents often get stuck as they pursue their goals. A common way of getting stuck has its roots in human cognition: the failure of moral imagination, which shows most clearly when moral agents stand on either side of a sharp cultural divide, like the traditional divide between city and suburb. Being stuck is akin to bad moral luck: it is a situation beyond the control of the moral agent for which that agent might nevertheless be held responsible.
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Citation: Ethics Place and Environment: A Journal of Philosophy & Geography. 11. Issue 1. 17 - 32. Taylor & Francis. DOI 10.1080/13668790802048399.
Related Departments:
  • Center for Urban Innovation
  • School of Public Policy