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Disorientation and Moral Life

Ami Harbin


This book argues for the moral and political promise of disorientations, challenging common philosophical understandings of the necessity of orientedness for responsible moral action. In the face of difficult life experiences like trauma, grief, illness, migration, education, queer identification, and consciousness-raising, individuals can be deeply disoriented, struggling to know how to go on. These and other disorientations are not rare. The book draws on first-person accounts, philosophical texts, and qualitative and quantitative research to show that in some cases of disorientation, indivi ... More

Keywords: disorientation, feminist ethics, ethics, moral psychology, relationality, vulnerability, trauma, emotion, decision, moral judgment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190277390
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ami Harbin, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Oakland University