I'm Only Human
Ethics for real people
Lisa Tessman Ph.D.
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Lisa Tessman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at Binghamton University. Her books include When Doing the Right Thing Is Impossible, Moral Failure, and Burdened Virtues.
We need to know what kind of morality is right for the people we really are: human beings who rely on our emotions and intuitions, as well as our reasoning, when we make ethical choices or when we decide on what types of norms our society should have. But this is complicated—people create morality, but given that there are many varieties of moral values, how do we sort them out, and what happens when they conflict? Moral life can be difficult—even anguishing—especially when conflicts can force us to sacrifice some of what we deeply value.