Emmanuelle Danblon

Can moral luck be taught? A rhetorical tool and its political function

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This paper goes back to the notion of moral luck and observes the way everyday discourses and debates spontaneously use shared representations of moral luck. It is illustrated how a "moral luck topos" may become a matter for exercising citizen virtues thanks to specific rhetorical exercises. The aim of these exercises is to develop flexibility in changing someone's viewpoint on events. We know that these cognitive skills are produced by inhibition mechanisms (Berthoz, 2013, 2018) that are at the core of any education. The claim is that moral luck, as a disposition to exert a citizen competence, can be taught thanks to a better understanding of a rhetorical craft (gr. "techne").


  • Moral Luck
  • Citizen Virtues
  • Rhetorical Craft
  • Exercises
  • Inhibition
  • Viewpoints


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