The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World
by Cheryl Mendelson (9781608198313)

The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World
Cheryl Mendelson
Release Date: 05 June 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Category: Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781608198313
ISBN-10: 1608198316

The Good Life is a deeply reasoned but entertaining polemic about how the notion of morality has been co-opted by the political right, as the culture increasingly embraces the shallow charms of celebrity, gives a pass when it comes to failings in the realm of marital fidelity, and lives comfortably with the notion that we are all driven, more or less, by greed and the desire for power over others. Mendelson, who is for gay rights, sexual equality, labor unions, and the strong regulation of business and finance, is decidedly conservative when it comes to personal morality.

She believes that while the right manages to effectively portray its opponents as socialist slackers, it claims a moral superiority it doesn't at all exhibit, lacking, as she says, moral compassion, one of the essential moral virtues. Provocative, inspiring, and deeply grounded, "The Good Life "shows that while the moral life is a hard road, the more of us who recognize that it is out there to be attempted, the better our culture will be.

Cheryl Mendelson is the author of the bestselling "Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House," as well as three novels. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has practiced law in New York City and teaches philosophy at Barnard College. Her next book, on the subject of marriage, is to be published by Bloomsbury in 2013. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

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Publishers Weekly (05/14/2012): This powerful, thorough book preaches amoral mentality.a By following a moral geography mapping the good, moral life, Mendelson (Home Comforts) corrects oversimplified, misleading notions of morality. The author allows that the word amorala suffers ambiguities, which, she regrets, has resulted in its co-opting by the political right. She is not neutral in her gritty analysis. She names names from Right to Left, from Cheney to Mamet. A professor of philosophy at Barnard College, Mendelson distinguishes among premoral, antimoral, and immoral; she discusses torture and abortion under apseudomoral.a In 10 chapters, she marks among other coordinates the intersections of morality with democracy, family, money, and culture. She assesses the damage of being uncaringly cool or incurably narcissistic; she assails academe in one chapter and carves up puddina-headed pundits in the last chapter, a long, often impenetrable disquisition. The headnotesa quotes from Hume, Leonard Cohen, Nietzsche and othersa support her theories as much as multiple examples from literature (Shakespeare, Dickens, the Brontes), law, and life. Her style, clean and sharp and heavily footnoted, does not suffer minds aimmune to reason.a Agent: Geri Thoma, Markson Thoma Literary Agency. (June) Copyright 2012 Reed Business Information.

"Powerful, meaningful, and thorough.... She is not neutral in her gritty analysis....Her style, clean and sharp...does not suffer minds 'immune to reason.'" --"Publishers Weekly" (starred)

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