Strangers Drowning

Strangers Drowning

Grappling With Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help

eBook - 2015
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What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In this book, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories; their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas. Between her stories, MacFarquhar threads a lively history of the literature, philosophy, social science, and self-help that have contributed to a deep suspicion of do-gooders in Western culture. Through its sympathetic storytelling, this book confronts us with fundamental questions about what it means to be human. In a world of strangers drowning in need, how much should we help, and how much can we help? Is it right to care for strangers even at the expense of those we are closest to? Strangers Drowning challenges us to think about what we value most, and why.
Publisher: 2015
Edition: EBOOK TEXT
ISBN: 9780698195608
Branch Call Number: EBOOK TEXT
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: OverDrive

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