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The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World Hardcover – June 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1st US Edition, 1st Printing edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781608198313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608198313
  • ASIN: 1608198316
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Powerful, meaningful, and thorough…. She is not neutral in her gritty analysis….Her style, clean and sharp...does not suffer minds ‘immune to reason.’" --Publishers Weekly (starred)

About the Author

Cheryl Mendelson is the author of the bestselling Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House, as well as three novels. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has practiced law in New York City and teaches philosophy at Barnard College. Her next book, on the subject of marriage, is to be published by Bloomsbury in 2013. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

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Cheryl Mendelson received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has practiced law in New York City and teaches philosophy at Barnard College. Her books include the bestselling Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House, a trilogy of novels about Morningside Heights, and, most recently, The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World (Bloomsbury 2012). Her next book, on the subject of marriage, is to be published by Bloomsbury in 2013. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2013
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This book helped me see morality in a historical perspective and by doing so, allowed me to discard some immature notions of the origins of moral thinking and the moral good life. I appreciate any book that opens my mind to new and expansive ways of viewing the world. Thank you for a great read.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on December 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The whole book is good, but the chapter on daycares is a must-read for parents. It changed the decisions we made in our family.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on October 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Total trash - but then again, who would trust an "attorney" to get moral advice? It's like going to your hairdresser for stock tips or to a cab driver for open heart surgery. Having no morals doesn't make you a moral person, Cheryl, instead, it makes you a nihilist, empty, cold, Godless, and full of self grandeur and self deception. Russia was taken down by the nihilists, and America will be too, Cheryl is helping to lead the way with her moral relativism. This book is sickening and not full of "reasonable" arguments as she promises.

To believe morality is a human invention and that abortions should be celebrated and accepted because the baby is a "thing" with no feelings or thoughts, is quite "reasonable" but is it "right?" Cheryl practices little self examination, but a whole lot of contemplation. Margaret Sanger, the mother of Planned Parenthood also contemplated and deeply reasoned premeditated murder of unborn children, truly believing abortions were needed to practice negative eugenics, quoting that "black people are weeds that must be exterminated." Whether she's true or not, I believe life is sacred. But if you agree with Cheryl and Sanger, let's look strictly from the point of view of biology: any medical professional will tell you a fetus has a heart beat by 18 days, and brain waves by 6 weeks. Oddly, a 6 week old fetus has more of a heart and brain than this author. From purely a medical standpoint, if we declare the point of "death" the moment when one is brain dead, then shouldn't we declare "life" when the brain comes alive? That's at 6 weeks.

It's sad, this haggardly author should have just stuck with her strength and that is, cleaning the house, because there are no new ideas here, just scary ones that have overthrown nations and supported genocide.
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