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Ethics Beyond Political Tribes

Dr James Mumford



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Bloomsbury Continuum
02 June 2020
Across the democratic West, politics has become deeply polarised and profoundly personal. Challenge someone's political views and increasingly you challenge their very being.

And yet, do our political tribes even make sense? Look carefully, and on the most important ethical issues of the age - assisted dying, social welfare, sexual liberation, abortion, gun control, the environment, technology, justice - the instinctive positions of both the Left and the Right are riven with contradictions.

In this refreshing and eye-opening book, James Mumford, a public thinker and independent commentator, 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?' Vexed is 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.
By:   Dr James Mumford
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Continuum
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   353g
ISBN:   9781472966346
ISBN 10:   1472966341
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   02 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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. @JamesACMumford / jamesmumford.co.uk

Reviews for Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes

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 *

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