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Moral Blindness: The Loss of Sensitivity in Liquid Modernity

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Evil is not confined to war or to circumstances in which people are acting under extreme duress. Today it more frequently reveals itself in the everyday insensitivity to the suffering of others, in the inability or refusal to understand them and in the casual turning away of one's ethical gaze. Evil and moral blindness lurk in what we take as normality and in the trivialit ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Polity Press
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Bárbara Reis
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apesar de eu ter colocado metade do livro nos meus clippings do Kindle, mereceu perder uma estrelinha só por falar da Europa como se ela fosse um lugar que aceita diferenças (leia-se: imigrantes) super de boas. \_(ツ)_/ ...more
Con este señor, igual que con Zizek, me pasa siempre lo mismo. El título deja claro el tema del libro, la contraportada lo concreta, la introducción trata el tema aunque comienza a distanciarse y el resto del libro es una disgresión barroca de la que, con suerte, rescatas ideas sin explicaciones claras. Señala problemas, proporciona ciertas consecuencias y aporta pocas, muy pocas, causas.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
As I chug through Bauman's 'liquid modernity' series, I continue to feel the same ... interesting reads but unfocused at best, and wildly random at worst. Moral Blindness tends towards the latter.

When on-topic, the authors seem to hang their views of liquid-modern-morality on a key word: adiaphorization - in Greek meaning 'an unimportant thing. An adiaphoron is a temporary withdrawal from one’s own sensitivity zone; and ability not to react, or to react as if something were happening not to peop
Uygar  Baspehlivan
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a great book in there, but it's often confusing, floating on a sea of unfinished ideas and never landing anywhere concrete throughout. This might be attributed to the format, as it feels like a conversation between two good, and very verbose, friends. Bauman is as sharp with his commentary on the banalest features of our liquid modern life, yet his prose is as abstruse as always. Makes it harder to concentrate, to be honest. The problem of being an academic like Bauman who used to publi ...more
Mario Russo
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
Eu ja havia escrito em outro review de outro pensador de viés marxista sobre o autor ser bom em diagnosticar o problema e péssimo em propor solução. Péssimo nesse caso talvez seja um pouco forte, embora o Bauman seja bastante genérico na hora de propor a solução para o problema que ele detecta. Se o tema central do livro é a des-sensibilização da sociedade ao sofrimento alheio, qual é a proposta de solução do autor? Que nos dessemos as mãos ao som de "Imagine"? O autor pode argumentar que a resp ...more
Stephen Bigger
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A piece in a jigsaw puzzle - academic, not one for the beach
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the format of this book – a dialogue between two experts. That said I found the book heavy going and not by any means a light read. It is a fascinating subject and something which should concern everyone in modern society. We seem to have developed a total unconcern for the suffering of others as evidenced by incidents such as people on a road bridge being urged to jump because they are holding everyone up.

This is not a book for the general reader and unless you’re used to reading at the
Celso Rennó Lima
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Para todos os que se interessam pelo nosso mundo e por todas as transformações pelas quais ele está passando, é impossível ficar sem ler mais este excelente trabalho de Zygmunt Bauman e Donskis Leônidas. Trazem com clareza e força os elementos necessários a se pensar novos caminhos ao mesmo tempo em que nos responsabilizamos pelo que está à volta. Não há mais tempo para esperar que um Outro venha resolver nossas querelas.
Nelia Higueras
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bauman es muy claro y sencillo en sus planteamientos y esta conversación con Donskis se hace muy amena. Cada concepto que lees, dices: "¡qué cierto! ¿Cómo no lo habré dicho yo igual?" Es incisivo y claro. Te cuenta lo que ocurre aunque he echado de menos que me diga por qué. Porque tengo muchas preguntas.
Rodrigo Paris
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must these times.
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Zygmunt Bauman was a world-renowned Polish sociologist and philosopher, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds. He was one of the world's most eminent social theorists, writing on issues as diverse as modernity and the Holocaust, postmodern consumerism and liquid modernity and one of the creators of the concept of “postmodernism”.
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