Ethics and Attachment: How We Make Moral Judgments

Author(s) : Aner Govrin

Ethics and Attachment: How We Make Moral Judgments

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : November 2018
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 248
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Attachment Theory
  • Catalogue No : 93868
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138079786
  • ISBN 10 : 9781138079

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Why are we disgusted when an elderly woman is robbed but sympathize with the actions of a Robin Hood? Why do acts of cruelty against a helpless kitten bother us more than does the trampling of ants? In Ethics and Attachment: How We Make Moral Judgements psychoanalyst and philosopher Aner Govrin offers The Attachment Approach to Moral Judgment, an innovative new model of the process involved in making such moral judgments. Drawing on clinical findings from psychoanalysis, neuroscience and developmental psychology, the author argues that the infant's experience in the first year of life provides them with the basic tools needed to reach complex moral judgments later in life. With reference to Winnicott and Bowlby, the author examines how attachments affect our abilities to apply to make moral decisions. With its wholly new ideas about moral judgments, Ethics and Attachment will be of great interest to ethics and moral philosophy scholars, law students, and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

About the Author(s)

Aner Govrin PhD is a clinical psychologist, a lecturer at The General and Interdisciplinary Studies at Bar Ilan University and a member of Tel-Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

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