How Are Moral Conversions Possible?

Book Section

I examine three cases of moral conversion: the fictional case of the Staasi agent in East Germany as depicted in the film, "The Lives of Others," Oskar Schindler, and a leader of the Ku Klux Klan who joined with a militant black activist in the effort to desegregate schools in North Carolina. I weave reflections on these people with theoretical and empirical work on the nature of emotion and its relation to cognitive capacities to formulate some speculations on the nature of moral conversion.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wong, D

Cited Editors

  • Grant, R

Published Date

  • 2011

Book Title

  • In Search of Goodness

Start / End Page

  • 41 - 70

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