Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality

2015.05.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lisa Tessman, Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality, Oxford University Press, 2015, 281pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.05.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lisa Tessman, Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality, Oxford University Press, 2015, 281pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199396146. Reviewed by Vanessa Carbonell, University of Cincinnati Sometimes you can't help but judge a book by its cover. The ominously beautiful cover of Lisa Tessman's book betrays the argument within. A square 1941 charcoal drawing by German artist Käthe Kollwitz depicts a scene of desperation: a parent huddling over three children to protect them from some unseen harm, her strong forearms and elbows jutting out defensively, their tiny heads burrowing into her clothing. (Most will see the parent as a mother, but it could easily be a father.) The title and subtitle are rendered in severe block letters, all caps -- MORAL FAILURE -- in raincloud gray set against a dreary matte blue. This book haunted me for weeks as it sat on my dining room table. I was almost afraid to... . . .

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