The Good Life by Cheryl Mendelson
The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World

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The Good Life is a deeply reasoned but entertaining polemic about how the notion of morality has been co-opted by the political right, as the culture increasingly embraces the shallow charms of celebrity, gives a pass when it comes to failings in the realm of marital fidelity, and lives comfortably with the notion that we are all driven, more or less, by greed and the desire for power over others. Mendelson, who is for gay rights, sexual equality, labor unions, and the strong regulation of business and finance, is decidedly conservative when it comes to personal morality. She believes that while the right manages to effectively portray its opponents as socialist slackers, it claims a moral superiority it doesn't at all exhibit, lacking, as she says, moral compassion, one of the essential moral virtues. Provocative, inspiring, and deeply grounded, The Good Life shows that while the moral life is a hard road, the more of us who recognize that it is out there to be attempted, the better our culture will be.

About Cheryl Mendelson

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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.
Published June 5, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 320 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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This powerful, thorough book preaches “moral mentality.” By following a moral geography mapping the good, moral life, Mendelson (Home Comforts) corrects oversimplified, misleading notions of morality.

May 14 2012 | Read Full Review of The Good Life: The Moral Indi...

The New Yorker

Intended largely as a condemnation of the “politicization” of morality by American conservatives, the book presents a cartoon version of their perspective, and, with its odd indifference to argument, loses many opportunities to persuade.

Sep 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Good Life: The Moral Indi...

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