identify and describe three narratives in which you are embedded, noting action scripts which accompany those narratives, and describing the organizations or social networks which act as plausibility structures for those narratives.”
^^Christian Smith’s idea of narratives referring to his idea of narratives in the book “Moral Believing in Animals”
Here are a few notes/focus points on his ideas in the book:
• What kind of animals are human beings?
o How can we describe their characteristics in a way that might improve our understanding of human social action and institutions
o Human beings share an identifiable and peculiar set of capacities and proclivities that distinguishes them significantly form other animals on the plant
o We not only have desires, beliefs, and feelings, but also the ability and disposition to form strong evaluations about our desires, beliefs, and feelings that hold the potential to transform
• Human culture and moral order
o What does it mean to be moral?
o Moral is an orientation toward understandings about what is right and wrong, good and bad, worthy and unworthy, just and unjust, that are not established by our own actual desires, decisions or preferences, but instead believed to exist apart from them… providing standards by which our desires, decisions, and preferences themselves be judged
• Moral judgments of self
o Gluttonous desire
o Wife no longer loves her husband
o Individual with racist beliefs
o More judgments of self; evaluations based on external strengths of good and bad, right and wrong, virtue and vice
• What do I want? How do I feel? What do I believe? INTO…
o What should I want? How ought I feel? What is the right thing to believe?
• Moral order
o Is inter-subjectively and institutionally shared social structurings of moral systems that are derived from larger narratives and belief systems
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