Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2021 Abigail R Gilliland
We seem to have an innate sense that imagination is a fundamental part of humanity. We may think that imagination allows us to create art and culture, innovate new technologies, and connect with one another. This paper explores the relationship between imagination and morality by considering whether morality necessitates imagination, the moral requirement to imagine the first-person perspective of others, and the limits of our ability to imagine. This paper also discusses the nexus of imagination and accounting through a philosophical analysis of defined benefit pension accounting.
In Chapter 1, I evaluate why imagination is important for making an informed moral assessment and examine the inherent egocentric bias that arises when an imagining agent engages in perspective-shifting. In Chapter 2, I elaborate what the duty for imagination entails and the limitations of imagination. Finally in Chapter 3, I analyze opportunities for manipulation and the requirement for moral imagination in defined benefit pension accounting.
Gilliland, Abigail, "Duty for Imagination: A Philosophical Analysis of Imagination & Defined Benefit Pension Accounting" (2021). CMC Senior Theses. 2595.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.