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Rallying The Really Human Things: Moral Imagination In Politics Literature & Everyday Life

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
For Vigen Guroian, contemporary culture is distinguished by its relentless assault on the moral imagination. In the stories it tells us, in the way it has degraded courtship and sexualized our institutions of higher education, in the ever-more-radical doctrines of human rights it propounds, and in the way it threatens to remake human nature via biotechnology, contemporary ...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published May 30th 2005 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
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Ashley
May 08, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I will say that Dr. Guroian chooses to ignore the similarities of Roman Catholicism and Armenian Orthodoxy in marriage (chp 8) and repentance/redemption (chp 16). However, a truly remarkable set of ideas and discussion.
M.G. Bianco
I met Dr. Guroian at a conference last summer where he gave a seminar on the original Grimm's Cinderella. It was pretty amazing, which moved me to buy a copy of the book under review. I finally got around to reading it this summer. I'm sorry I waited.

Dr. Guroian writes in an attempt to revive, rally, recover the moral imagination. I'm not sure how to define the term, something I'm still working through in my own mind. It has been around awhile (since Edmund Burke, I believe). But it is an import
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Christopher Rush
Jul 03, 2013 Christopher Rush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of essays is very good: it challenges, it reminds, and it broadens our conception of worldwide morality. It's much better than the cover makes it seem. The range of essays is fairly wide, but before too long the collection covers some of the same ground - yet even the familiarity is always improved and expanded, making this worth reading from beginning to end, multiple times. Guroian's influences are certainly top-notch: G.K. Chesterton, Russell Kirk, Edmund Burke, and Orthodox C ...more
John
May 23, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this a great deal. The book is essentially a series of Guroian's essays that he has collected and feels comment upon what it means for us to be truly human. More specifically, Guroian believes that a well-developed moral imagination is essential to living as truly human in this life.

Guroian is most successful when writing on the moral imagination directly, as well as those chapters which cover children (up to and including college students). In particular, his theological insight into
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Kim  Neve
This author is a delight in person, and I look forward to diving deeper into his written works. I had the priviledge of hearing him speak three times in the last week, on issues from Gnosticism in Modern Education to issues involving gardening, to finding the theological symbolism in Grimm's version of Cinderella.
Jeff Learned
Jul 07, 2013 Jeff Learned rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A collection of essays. Some were excellent, some were a bit over my head (probably due to my ignorance on the Orthodox Armenian church and its terminology). The essays on the moral imagination (fairy tales, etc) are excellent and worth the price of the book. All of the chapters prove that Guroian is a clear thinker and behelped me develop my thinking as well.
Jim Belcher
Dec 02, 2011 Jim Belcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
terrific book that spells out what the moral imagination is. His chapters on Huxley's Brave New World are amazing.
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A wonderful collection of essays about human morality and imagination.
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Vigen Guroian resides with his wife June Vranian in Culpeper, Virginia, where he mostly tends to his large perennial and vegetable gardens. June is an Interior Designer. Vigen and June have two children. Their son Rafi is 28 years of age, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, and employed at Cox Newspapers in Washington D.C. Their daughter Victoria is 24 years old, a graduate of Washington and Lee ...more
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