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By Tim R. Johnston

ISBN-10: 113759408X

ISBN-13: 9781137594082

In this publication, Johnston argues that confirmation isn't just encouragement or help, but in addition the first mechanism we use to shape our identities and create secure areas. utilizing the paintings of feminist care ethics and the taking into account French thinker Henri Bergson to check responses to college bullying and abuses confronted via LGBT older adults, he presents the theoretical research and useful instruments LGBT humans and their allies want to make all areas, private and non-private, areas within which we will reside overtly as individuals of the LGBT community.

With its mixture of philosophical conception and on-the-ground activist event, this article is going to be helpful to a person attracted to philosophy, women’s and gender stories, psychology, getting older, geriatrics, and LGBT activism.

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If the brain is an image among other images, “then it cannot be reified into the condition upon which the whole image of the world depends” (AnsellPearson and Mullarky 2002, 14). If the workings of my mind, my perceptions or representations, are not caused by the material world (Realism), or projected out from my brain (Idealism), what is the relationship between the image that is my brain and the other images surrounding it? To understand the brain’s function, and to escape the false binary between Realism and Idealism, Bergson stops treating the brain as an epistemological organ and starts seeing it as something geared toward action.

My notion of affirmation is deeply indebted to Lindemann’s discussion of holding and letting go. Holding another in their identity functions through the creation of affirmative feedback loops. As the other changes, those loops need to be either let go or amended if we are to continue holding and affirming well. Likewise, social narratives may color our perceptions such that we affirm incorrect, harmful, or stereotypical things about the person, holding them poorly. The language of affirmation is a way to understand the process that is either happening well or poorly across Lindemann’s discussion of holding and letting go, and affirmation allows us to enrich and extend two aspects of Lindemann’s text.

To take Lindemann’s example, we may think that someone is, deep down, a very selfish individual. If we hold AFFIRMATION AND CARE ETHICS 29 this view that they are “really” selfish, magnanimous or selfless behavior may be misinterpreted as disingenuous or manipulative. It is important to be aware of the ways in which we may or may not be holding someone to their authentic or real self. We ought to be concerned that we are holding someone to authentic and true narratives, while also remaining vigilant that a damaging storyline does not usurp or make invisible other important information about that person which may go unnoticed.

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