Disorientation and Moral Life

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2017.10.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ami Harbin, Disorientation and Moral Life, Oxford University Press, 2016, 256pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780190277406. Reviewed by Elise Springer, Wesleyan University How is moral life is affected by major practical disorientations -- by profound experiences of feeling at a loss for how to go on with one's life? Many moral theorists will treat major disorientations the way Aristotle treats shame: in the context of a moral life, disorientation is a defect, since the affected person cannot serve as a consistent moral exemplar. Ami Harbin defends a contrary view: disorientation can be appreciated in morally positive ways. Disorientation is not defined precisely here; instead, the book highlights family resemblances among phenomena such as grief, migration, double-consciousness, queerness, profound illness and trauma. These are each treated with compassion, and often with psychological detail. A different author. . .

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