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The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World
The Good Life is an engaging, reasoned look at American values: how the angry political right hijacks and corrupts ideas about morality, how the fringe political left abandons the moral outlook, and how antimoralism from many sources results in cruelty, harsh law, dangerous irrationality, corrupt religion, greed, and gross inequality, and undermines American democracy. Che ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
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This was an enjoyable read which does suggest an alternative way of looking at morals and the moral individual. She does propose some ideas which accord with my view of the current changes in our culture. It is perhaps over long and her reliance on Freudian writers'support for some of the psychological insights do weaken her case.
Who would have thought that an author of a homemaking book would also write a philosophical treatise about morality? Fascinating. Among her points are that there are four groups of people in the world: right-leaning antimoralists, left leaning antimoralists, those who disdain morality, and those who are genuinely moral. She writes a lot about how the American way of life, and the "offended narcissism" of modern life, contribute to a lack of morality across political persuasions. Interesting book ...more
Liked the concept and feel like I should have been a sympathetic reader, but found it too idiosyncratic in its definitions, as well as too abstract ("the moral mind" is talked about as if it were an entity unto itself). I do like her attempts to reframe what is moral and take to task both the "cool" Left and the self-satisfied Right -- but could not get past the approach, which seemed to lack intellectual rigor.
I especially liked the first part of the book as it rings true and gave me much food for thought. However the last part sometimes felt like a harangue against scientists and psychologists whom she feels should not speak about ethics since it is not their field. She feels that they are leading our society away from true morality.
Sep 17, 2012 Irus rated it did not like it
I started this book over the weekend. Almost immediately I was bored and annoyed. I was going to try and push through, but instead I read this review (link below) and am calling it a done deal.