The Resource The view from here : on affirmation, attachment, and the limits of regret, R. Jay Wallace

The view from here : on affirmation, attachment, and the limits of regret, R. Jay Wallace

Label
The view from here : on affirmation, attachment, and the limits of regret
Title
The view from here
Title remainder
on affirmation, attachment, and the limits of regret
Statement of responsibility
R. Jay Wallace
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Must we always later regret actions that were wrong for us to perform at the time? Can there ever be good reason to affirm things in the past that we know were unfortunate? In this original work of moral philosophy, R. Jay Wallace shows that the standpoint from which we look back on our lives is shaped by our present attachments-to persons, to the projects that imbue our lives with meaning, and to life itself. Through a distinctive "affirmation dynamic", these attachments commit us to affirming the necessary conditions of their objects. The result is that we are sometimes unable to regret events and circumstances that were originally unjustified or otherwise somehow objectionable
  • Wallace traces these themes through a range of examples. A teenage girl makes an ill-advised decision to conceive a child - but her love for the child once it has been born makes it impossible for her to regret that earlier decision. The painter Paul Gauguin abandons his family to pursue his true artistic calling (and eventual life project) in Tahiti--which means he cannot truly regret his abdication of familial responsibility. The View from Here offers new interpretations of these classic cases, challenging their treatment by Bernard Williams and others. Another example is the "bourgeois predicament": we are committed to affirming the regrettable social inequalities that make possible the expensive activities that give our lives meaning. Generalizing from such situations, Wallace defends the view that our attachments inevitably commit us to affirming historical conditions that we cannot regard as worthy of being affirmed--a modest form of nihilism
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wallace, R. Jay
Index
index present
LC call number
BD431
LC item number
.W2255 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Life
  • Values
  • Life change events
  • Regret
  • Life
  • Life change events
  • Regret
  • Values
  • Lebensführung
  • Wertordnung
Label
The view from here : on affirmation, attachment, and the limits of regret, R. Jay Wallace
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Looking backward (with feeling) -- For sorrow there is no remedy -- Regret and agency -- Preferences about the past -- Regret and affirmation -- Affirming the unacceptable -- Young girl's child -- Affirmation and justification -- Mixed feelings -- Meaning, disability, and politics -- Luck, justification, and moral complaint -- Williams Gauguin -- Affirming one's life -- Affirmation, justification, and morality -- Deep and shallow ambivalence -- Bourgeois predicament -- Meaning and its conditions -- Obstacles to affirmation -- Bourgeois predicament -- Redemption, withdrawal, denial -- Somewhat pessimistic conclusion
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 268 pages
Isbn
9780199941360
Isbn Type
(updf)
Lccn
2012033338
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022208852
System control number
  • (OCoLC)812081105
  • (OCoLC)ocn812081105
Label
The view from here : on affirmation, attachment, and the limits of regret, R. Jay Wallace
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Looking backward (with feeling) -- For sorrow there is no remedy -- Regret and agency -- Preferences about the past -- Regret and affirmation -- Affirming the unacceptable -- Young girl's child -- Affirmation and justification -- Mixed feelings -- Meaning, disability, and politics -- Luck, justification, and moral complaint -- Williams Gauguin -- Affirming one's life -- Affirmation, justification, and morality -- Deep and shallow ambivalence -- Bourgeois predicament -- Meaning and its conditions -- Obstacles to affirmation -- Bourgeois predicament -- Redemption, withdrawal, denial -- Somewhat pessimistic conclusion
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 268 pages
Isbn
9780199941360
Isbn Type
(updf)
Lccn
2012033338
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022208852
System control number
  • (OCoLC)812081105
  • (OCoLC)ocn812081105

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