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Author MacFarquhar, Larissa, author.

Title Strangers drowning : impossible idealism, drastic choices, and the urge to help / Larissa MacFarquhar.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2016.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Woodstock PL Adult Non-Fiction - WOLY-11  170 MAC    AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 320 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
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Summary "What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, 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. Through its sympathetic and beautifully vivid storytelling, Strangers Drowning 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? Moving and provocative, Strangers Drowning challenges us to think about what we value most, and why"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [307]-320).
Contents For do-gooders, it is always wartime -- The bodies of strangers -- The most oppressed of all -- Duty! Thou sublime and mighty name that dost embrace nothing charming or insinuating, but requirest submission -- At once rational and ardent -- An accidental capability produced, in its boundless stupidity, by a biological process that is normally opposed to the expression of such a capability : the undermining of do-gooders, part one -- The humiliation of strangers -- The legacy of drunks : the undermining of do-gooders, part two -- One of those God things -- Kidneys -- Please reply to me as soon as possible -- The children of strangers -- The aspidistra is the tree of life : the undermining of do-gooders, part three -- From the point of view of the universe -- Something quite different from life.
Subject Humanitarianism -- Psychological aspects.
Philanthropists -- Psychology.
Altruism -- Psychological aspects.
Ethical problems.
ISBN 9780143109785 (paperback)
0143109782 (paperback)

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