Living with Indifference

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"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

Jason Winfree

"A refreshing reminder of what philosophical practice is capable of setting forth." —Jason Winfree, California State University

Jason WinfreeCalifornia State University

"A refreshing reminder of what philosophical practice is capable of setting forth." —Jason WinfreeCalifornia State University

John Lysaker

"No one should be able to finish this book without having been moved to reconsider issues that are both sophisticated and existential." —John Lysaker, University of Oregon

From the Publisher
"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

"No one should be able to finish this book without having been moved to reconsider issues that are both sophisticated and existential." —John Lysaker, University of
Oregon

"A refreshing reminder of what philosophical practice is capable of setting forth."
—Jason WinfreeCalifornia State University

"A refreshing reminder of what philosophical practice is capable of setting forth."
—Jason Winfree, California State University

Choice

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253219008
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/9/2007
  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Contents
Acknowledgments
1. Speaking of
Indifference
2. Helen, Truth, and the Wisdom of Nemesis
3. Pythagoras,
Indifference, and the Beautiful Soul
4. The Indifference of Finitude: Arendt and
Heidegger
5. Another Look at "Soul": Mimetic Geist
6. Indifferent
Freedom
7. In the Name of Goodness
8. Indifferent Love
9. Trauma's
Presentation
10. The Appearance of Public Memory
11. Wal-Mart and the Heavens:
The Factor of Indifference
Index

Indiana University Press

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