Vexed: Morality In An Age Of Political Tribalism by James MumfordVexed: Morality In An Age Of Political Tribalism by James Mumford

Vexed: Morality In An Age Of Political Tribalism

byJames Mumford

Hardcover | May 5, 2020

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How do we consider ethics in an era in which "politics has become personal" and polarized into the "package deals" offered by the Left and the Right?

This brilliant short book implores intelligent humans to refuse to submit to what Christopher Booker, and others, have called "Groupthink." Each chapter takes a major ethical issue today, the kind of issues that we ought to be concerned with even if we are not. The chapters include "Clowns to the Left-Jokers to the Right," "Family Values," "Why don't social conservatives do more for the working poor?", "Carnal Desires" and "Why does the left rail against greed but excuse lust?".

Underlying all this is a central point: we live in an age both paralyzed and inflamed by political polarization. The election of a populist president has calcified the bitter partisanship so devastating to both Congress and country. Across the democratic West, the intensity of this polarization has been heightened by the extremely personal ways in which we identify with our political positions. Challenge a person's politics and increasingly you challenge his or her very being. Is it any wonder that our political commitments have widened the chasm between those on the left and those on the right? The great curse of our generation is how this polarization is warping the way we think through our deepest moral dilemmas.

What are the items so problematically bundled together in the Left wing and Right wing package deals? By the careful analysis of key issues, James Mumford wishes to bring us to our senses. His writing is at all times sensible, sound and wise.

Dr James Mumford lives in London but is also a research fellow at the University of Virginia. Having graduated with a starred first class degree from Oxford, he then received a prestigious Henry Fellowship at Yale and began his graduate studies in political philosophy and religion. His first book Ethics at the Beginning of Life was pub...
Title:Vexed: Morality In An Age Of Political TribalismFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.01 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.31 × 0.01 inPublished:May 5, 2020Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1472966341

ISBN - 13:9781472966346