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Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life

Douglas V. Porpora


This book is at once both a work of sociology and a work of ethical and religious philosophy. As a work of sociology, it contributes to the ongoing debate over secularization by documenting an alienation from the sacred at the level of emotion. Shows that even many religious Americans are emotionally estranged from the God they say they believe in, from any larger moral purpose, from the very meaning of life itself. As a work of moral and religious philosophy within a broad communitarian tradition, it calls our attention from moral procedure to moral purpose or moral idealism. Argues that mora ... More

Keywords: communitarian, emotion, God, identity, meaning of life, moral idealism, moral purpose, reenchantment, resacralization, secularization, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195134919
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195134915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas V. Porpora, author
Drexel University
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