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Torture and Dignity : An Essay on Moral Injury - by J. M. Bernstein (Hardcover)

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Torture and ****** are only rarely considered by moral philosophersbecause they are so indisputably morally atrocious acts and because their specific mode of suffering cannot be accounted for by reigning moral theories. By making them pivotal to the understanding of morality in general, however, Jay Bernstein’s intention is to throw into question the dominant schools of modern moral philosophy and to attempt to restructure moral experience and understanding on the basis of the formations of suffering they make salient. Morals, Bernstein argues, emerge from the experience of moral injury, from the sufferings of the victims of moral harm. For us moderns, morality at its most urgent and insistent is, finally, a victim morality. This can sound hyperbolic; but since all of us are potential victims, it turns out that this perspective is readily available and intrinsic to ordinary ethical experience. One of Bernstein’s pivotal arguments is that trust is a form of mutual recognition; that trust is the ethical substance of everyday life; and that understood aright trust is structured from the perspective of a potential victim of harm rather than from the perspective of a deliberating agent. This book promises to be a major contribution to moral philosophy.
Number of Pages: 380
Genre: Philosophy, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Ethics
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: J. M. Bernstein
Language: English
Street Date: September 14, 2015
TCIN: 50126017
UPC: 9780226266329
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-3000
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