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Sean T. Murphy
Indiana University, Bloomington
  1. Sontag on Impertinent Sympathy and Photographs of Evil.Sean T. Murphy - forthcoming - In Colin Marshall (ed.), Comparative Metaethics: Neglected Perspectives on the Foundations of Morality. Routledge.
    This chapter corrects for Susan Sontag's undeserved neglect by contemporary ethical philosophers by bringing awareness to some of the unique metaethical insights born of her reflections on photographic representations of evil. I argue that Sontag's thought provides fertile ground for thinking about: (1) moral perception and its relation to moral knowledge; and (2) the epistemic and moral value of our emotional responses to the misery and suffering of others. I show that, contrary to standard moral perception theory (e.g. Blum 1994), (...)
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    Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy. [REVIEW]Sean T. Murphy - 2015 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23 (1):146-151.
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    Legitimacy Concerns in Animal Advocacy Organizations During the Michael Vick Dogfighting Scandal.Solange E. Badano, Steven J. Burgermeister, Sidney Henne, Sean T. Murphy & Benjamin M. Cole - 2014 - Society and Animals 22 (2):111-134.
    Using the quasi-experimental setting of the Michael Vick dogfighting case, the researchers employed rich interview content to explore the question, “When a critical event occurs in the animal advocacy field, what motivates advocacy groups to respond?” The investigation reveals that what was thought to be one critical event was in actuality three unique yet interrelated critical events— the revelation of the transgressions; the punishment of the perpetrator; and the decision about whether to ally with the perpetrator in advocacy. The study (...)
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