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Disorientation and Moral Life$
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Ami Harbin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190277390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277390.001.0001

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Disorientation and Habitability

Disorientation and Habitability

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Disorientation and Moral Life

Ami Harbin

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the extent to which disorientations can benefit agency depends in part on the ways disoriented people are responded to in communities. Drawing on feminist philosophy of emotional expression, it defends the view that how individuals experience their own disorientations can depend on what experiences they are enabled to express to others. The possibility that disorientations will benefit individuals depends in part on each individual’s ability to have and express such experiences, which depends on the existence of sympathetic interpreters. The chapter then argues that members of communities and institutions can have responsibilities to create social conditions (including homes, workplaces, university, clinical and psychiatric contexts, and criminal justice systems) hospitable to and supportive of those who are disoriented and that individuals can have a responsibility to respond to ourselves as disorientable.

Keywords:   disorientation, philosophy of emotion, emotional expression, institutions, workplace, clinical, psychiatry, university, criminal justice

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