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

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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

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