Living with Indifference

Living with Indifference

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Living with Indifference is about the dimension of life that is utterly neutral, without care, feeling, or personality. In this provocative work that is anything but indifferent, Charles E. Scott explores the ways people have spoken and thought about indifference. Exploring topics such as time, chance, beauty, imagination, violence, and virtue, Scott shows how affirming indifference can be beneficial, and how destructive consequences can occur when we deny it. Scott's preoccupation with indifference issues a demand for focused attention in connection with personal values, ethics, and beliefs. This elegantly argued book speaks to the positive value of diversity and a world that is open to human passion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253219000
  • 9780253219008
  • 1,750,157

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Scott (Vanderbilt) continues the subtle work begun in his previous books, particularly The Lives of Things, (CH, Feb'03, 40-3336). Here he focuses on a range of experiences with 'indifferent' life events . . . Scott also addresses various ways traumas may be caused and experienced indifferently; gives a 'middle-voice' account of people finding themselves enacting and indifferently caring for 'public memory' and significance; and discusses the Wal-Mart ethos, contrasted with the beauty of indifferent cosmic events. His fine 'phenomenological' eye for important human 'events' makes this book well worth reading. . . . Recommended. * Choice *
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About Charles E. Scott

Charles E. Scott is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Ethics. He is author of The Lives of Things (IUP, 2002) and co-editor of Companion to Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy (IUP, 2001).
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Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgments1. Speaking of Indifference2. Helen, Truth, and the Wisdom of Nemesis3. Pythagoras, Indifference, and the Beautiful Soul4. The Indifference of Finitude: Arendt and Heidegger5. Another Look at "Soul": Mimetic Geist6. Indifferent Freedom7. In the Name of Goodness8. Indifferent Love9. Trauma's Presentation10. The Appearance of Public Memory11. Wal-Mart and the Heavens: The Factor of IndifferenceIndex
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