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The Tucson Tragedy and Moral Imagination

Jonathan B. Wight

Via Paul Krugman’s blog, we get these quotes from President Obama:

“Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame [in the Tucson shootings], let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.” (Jan 12, 2011)

“I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people’s hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for arriving as just decisions and outcomes.” (May 1, 2009)

Queries: Has Obama read Adam Smith?  Is Obama a virtue-ethicist?

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