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Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement

Karen Stohr


The book is a philosophical exploration of the gap between our moral ideals and the imperfect moral reality in which we live, and the implications of that gap for the practical project of moral improvement. We are limited in our ability to recognize and be guided by moral ideals, owing to a variety of moral and epistemic shortcomings. In light of that, how can the practical project of moral improvement get off the ground? An account of moral improvement should begin from psychologically plausible starting points, and it should also rely on ideals that are both normatively authoritative and reg ... More

Keywords: moral improvement, Immanuel Kant, Aristotle, moral ideal, non-ideal theory, moral identity, practical identity, social practices, Erving Goffman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190867522
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190867522.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Stohr, author
Ryan Family Term Associate Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy, Georgetown University