Failures of Imagination: Stuck and Out of Luck in the American Metropolis
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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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Publication date: 2008-03-01