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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




To this day, philosophical ethics and dominant discussions in Christian ethics have paid insufficient attention to how vision shapes the moral life. Too much focus is given to moral decision-making and action, while too little focus is given to the way vision and patterns of attentiveness ground our capacities for genuine morally responsible action. Therefore, in this study, I draw on important works in philosophical and Christian ethics to examine both the ethics of responsibility and the central role that an ethics of vision plays in our attempts to live responsibly. I use the "ethics of vision" as method and correlate it with certain themes of black theology and experience. In so doing, I focus chiefly on Iris Murdoch to engage black thought and experience, as it is presented by Martin Luther King Jr. and Emilie Townes. An engagement with these two sets of materials enriches our understanding of vision and expands our concept of moral agency.

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