The Moral Insight

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Hugh Taft-Morales

Leader, Philadelphia Ethical Society

Ethical Culture was greatly shaped by rationalism, and today Ethical Societies are part of a humanist movement dedicated to reason, skeptical of blind passion and magical thinking. But Ethical Culture also calls for empathy towards others – for holding others in our hearts. While respecting the role of emotion in a meaningful life, Hugh Taft-Morales believes reason is important in supporting “the moral insight” – the deep realization that other people are conscious creatures living lives full of pain, pleasure, suffering, and joy. How do Immanuel Kant, Josiah Royce, and Martin Luther King, Jr. help understand the rational nature of this insight?