Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes (Hardcover)

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In Vexed, James Mumford tackles the polarization of civil society across the democratic West, taking a fresh look at the existential questions and "hot button" issues that are an essential part of the politics of the Left and Right. In examining issues like the "right-to-die" movement and assisted suicide, family values and economic injustice, sexual liberation and consent, gun-control and abortion, the environment and technology, criminal justice and reform, Mumford questions the basic assumptions of our political groups. His challenge is simple: "Why should believing strongly about one topic mean the automatic adoption of so many others?"

With this refreshing and eye-opening book, James Mumford, a public thinker and independent commentator, has written an essential and provocative account that will appeal to anyone of independent thought, and a welcome call for new reflection on the moral issues most relevant to our modern way of life.

About the Author

James Mumford lives in London and is a fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He received his PhD from Oxford University and was a Henry fellow at Yale where his graduate studies were in political philosophy and religion. He writes for the Guardian, New Statesman, The Atlantic, Spectator, Daily Telegraph and the Times Literary Supplement.

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Praise For…

“Mumford demonstrates an admirable ability to zero in on things too often missing from political conversations … A plea for nuance and ambivalence, in a world that often seems to be in danger of mislaying both.” —John Harris, Observer

James Mumford has written the most intriguing and original reflection on political tribalism that I have ever read ... Vexed is an intellectual page-turner.” —David Goodhart, author of The Road to Somewhere: The New Tribes Shaping British Politics

"Mumford is a subtle, supple and frequently ingenious thinker. His style is abrasive enough to make readers sit up when needed, but never enough to make us feel as if we are being hectored or bullied … A memorable and illuminating assault on what happens when ideology shuts down thought." - Catholic Herald

“A thought-provoking exploration of some of the most contentious problems of our time” —Sunday Times

“An important contribution to understanding the polarization of our global politics from one of the most exciting young ethicists working today” —James Davison Hunter, Labrosse-Levenson Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia and author of Culture Wars

“Lively, well argued ... help[s] us understand aspects of tribalism” —Financial Times

"Fascinating ... Supplies readers with ample food for thought and opportunities to reconsider and broaden their own perspective." - Vision

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472966346
ISBN-10: 1472966341
Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Pages: 224

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