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Moral Blindness - the Loss of Sensitivity in Liquid Modernity

By Zygmunt Bauman, Leonidas Donskis

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2013
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 triviality and banality of everyday life, and not just in the abnormal and exceptional cases. The distinctive kind of moral blindness that characterizes our societies is brilliantly analysed by Zygmunt Bauman and Leonidas Donskis through the concept of adiaphora: the placing of certain acts or categories of human beings outside of the universe of moral obligations and evaluations. Adiaphora implies an attitude of indifference to what is happening in the world ? a moral numbness. In a life where rhythms are dictated by ratings wars and box-office returns, where people are preoccupied with the latest gadgets and forms of gossip, in our ?hurried life? where attention rarely has time to settle on any issue of importance, we are at serious risk of losing our sensitivity to the plight of the other. Only celebrities or media stars can expect to be noticed in a society stuffed with sensational, valueless information. This probing inquiry into the fate of our moral sensibilities will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the most profound changes that are silently shaping the lives of everyone in our contemporary liquid-modern world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards a Theory of Human Secrecy and Unfathomability, or Exposing Elusive Forms of Evil 1 1. From the Devil to Frighteningly Normal and Sane People 17 2. The Crisis of Politics and the Search for a Language of Sensitivity 50 3. Between Fear and Indifference: The Loss of Sensitivity 94 4. Consuming University: The New Sense of Meaninglessness and the Loss of Criteria 131 5. Rethinking The Decline of the West 168

About the Author

ZYGMUNT BAUMAN is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Leeds, UK. His many books have become international bestsellers and have been translated into more than thirty languages. LEONIDAS DONSKIS is a member of the European parliament, professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and author of over thirty books.

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In order to overcome moral blindness, we have to break thevicious circle of consumerism: politics has to address, again, realproblems, universities have to provide us with intellectualslow food , but most of all we have to regain our dialogicnature the ability to tell stories and listen to them.Moral Blindness is definitely a good lesson of that. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology

EAN: 9780745662756
ISBN: 0745662757
Publisher: Polity Press
Dimensions: 23 x 15.5 x 1.5 centimetres (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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