“Turning” Backward

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226627
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235704 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

“Turning” Backward

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This chapter presents an essay on the erosion of moral sensibility. It focuses on the experience of “turning” in people's lives with respect to hope and trust. These events often transform people's deepest sensibility and they are constitutive of a healing of the preternatural wounds that come with consciousness. It suggests that a baleful type of turning is the personal or cultural systemic kind that results in the undoing of the moral fabric accompanied by a form of spiritual arteriosclerosis and hardening of the heart.

Keywords: moral sensibility; life experience; moral fabric; hope; trust; essay

Chapter.  6360 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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