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The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits #2020

The Virtues of Our Vices A Modest Defense of Gossip Rudeness and Other Bad Habits Are there times when it s right to be rude Can we distinguish between good and bad gossip Am I a snob if I think that NPR listeners are likely to be better informed than devotees of Fox News Does sick

  • Title: The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits
  • Author: Emrys Westacott
  • ISBN: 9780691141992
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits By Emrys Westacott, Are there times when it s right to be rude Can we distinguish between good and bad gossip Am I a snob if I think that NPR listeners are likely to be better informed than devotees of Fox News Does sick humor do anyone any good Can I think your beliefs are absurd but still respect you In The Virtues of Our Vices, philosopher Emrys Westacott takes a fresh look at importAre there times when it s right to be rude Can we distinguish between good and bad gossip Am I a snob if I think that NPR listeners are likely to be better informed than devotees of Fox News Does sick humor do anyone any good Can I think your beliefs are absurd but still respect you In The Virtues of Our Vices, philosopher Emrys Westacott takes a fresh look at important everyday ethical questions and comes up with surprising answers He makes a compelling argument that some of our most common vices rudeness, gossip, snobbery, tasteless humor, and disrespect for others beliefs often have hidden virtues or serve unappreciated but valuable purposes For instance, there are times when rudeness may be necessary to help someone with a problem or to convey an important message Gossip can foster intimacy between friends and curb abuses of power And dubious humor can alleviate existential anxieties.Engaging, funny, and philosophically sophisticated, The Virtues of Our Vices challenges us to rethink conventional wisdom when it comes to everyday moral behavior.

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    1 thought on “The Virtues of Our Vices: A Modest Defense of Gossip, Rudeness, and Other Bad Habits

    1. It is a pleasure to see a philosopher s mind at work This is a good hud defense of using rudeness as an educational tool, seeing gossip and sick humor as tools for understanding social customs and unwritten rules, and judiciously withholding respect for unreasonable ideas to advance the causes of logic and science in society He issues a refreshing call for less knee jerk judgment and condemnation of others according to the rules of conventional thinking, and dispassionate appreciation of how re [...]

    2. The Virtues of Our Vices a book from philosopher Emrys Westacott aimed at providing some defense and encouragement of acts commonly deemed as harmful or distasteful, namely rudeness, gossip, snobbery, sick humour and disrespecting other s beliefs Each topic has an individual chapter devoted to it where Westacott dissects the definition of each vice and attempts to put it in a positive light.I was slightly misled by the title of this book I came into the book expecting Westacott to be speaking o [...]

    3. Vices, virtues, and everything between Common sense tells us that rudeness, gossiping, snobbery, and sick humor are vices to be tempered and avoided But, could these so called dark practices also have occasional merit This is the topic of discussion explored in Emrys Westacott s _The Virtues of Our Vices_ In his own words The analyses I offer are primarily philosophical Their chief goal is to clarify the nature and meaning of key concepts, to articulate arguments, evaluate ethical standpoints, a [...]

    4. When graduate students of Communication study the Ethics of Communication, it is usually in terms of Rhetoric, public presentation and, pointedly, plagiarism, lying, and propaganda As a Communication instructor, I also look at linguistic ethics in terms of written, oral and nonverbal, as well as business communication.So when Emrys Westacott s title, came across my desk, I was excited to see that someone spent time to discuss those areas of the ethics of oral communication that are usually negl [...]

    5. In a popular exploration of ethics, philosopher Westacott examines the fine grey lines of contemporary life when is information prurient gossip and when it is ethically mandated disclosure Is a decision snobbery or sound judgement When is a joke cruelty and when is it a vital social pressure release valve When does someone s belief cross the line from personal quirk to something that justifiably undermines the credibility of other things they do

    6. Although I found the topics discussed in this book interesting, I did not find the writing style appealing at all The author has a sense of humor and makes many intriguing points, but I just did not find the book to be engaging or pleasant to read.

    7. This book examines a host of every day behaviors that are often considered to be vices but are they really vices, or virtues

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