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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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“Turning” Backward

“Turning” Backward

The Erosion of Moral Sensibility

(p.262) Chapter Thirteen “Turning” Backward
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the erosion of moral sensibility. It focuses on the experience of “turning” in people's lives with respect to hope and trust. These events often transform people's deepest sensibility and they are constitutive of a healing of the preternatural wounds that come with consciousness. It suggests that a baleful type of turning is the personal or cultural systemic kind that results in the undoing of the moral fabric accompanied by a form of spiritual arteriosclerosis and hardening of the heart.

Keywords:   moral sensibility, life experience, moral fabric, hope, trust, essay

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