The Virtues of Limits

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David McPherson, The Virtues of Limits, Oxford University Press, 2022, 187pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780192848536.

Reviewed by David McPherson

At the outset of his seminal work The Feast of Fools, the theologian Harvey Cox distinguishes between “world-changers” and “life-celebrators.” World-changers see what is wrong with the world and hope to ameliorate it. The danger is that, having lost a sense of what is beautiful in the world, they can also lose a sense of the joy of being in the world and even a vision of what they would like the world to be. On the other hand, life-celebrators are in touch with the world’s joy and beauty, but risk forgetting that there is much suffering and oppression that needs to be addressed.

In his book, David McPherson comes down clearly on the side of the life-celebrators. Not uncritically…

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