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    Palgrave Macmillan (January 15, 2000)
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John Morgan Wilson accomplishes this in his first, Edgar winning novel, Simple Justice (1996). By the time of the events in Simple Justice, Benjamin Justice, at age thirty-eight, has already known incredible highs and lows in his life, both professionally and personally.

Learning to Love book. Engaging the tools of analytical philosophy and psychology to fathom the. Engaging the tools of analytical philosophy and psychology to fathom the mysteries of love, Wilson (educational studies, Oxford . treats the provocative issues of whether the sexes need each other (the answer being neither a resounding 'yes' nor post-feminist 'no'); being a sex object; morality and sharing, trust between the sexes; sex, fantasy, and communication; dignit Engaging.

John Morgan Wilson is the author of several novels in the Benjamin Justice series as well as two co-written books with band .

John Morgan Wilson is the author of several novels in the Benjamin Justice series as well as two co-written books with band leader Peter Duchin. He's the winner of the Edgar Award and three-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for the Benjamin Justice novels. While author John Morgan Wilson takes the novel's scenario pretty close to over-the-top, with extreme characters and hard to believe coincidences and plot zig-zags, the very fine writing (narrative and dialogue) and the well-sketched Southern California setting, ultimately make the story line digestible and enjoyable.

by John Morgan Wilson. Published January 15, 2000 by Palgrave Macmillan.

John Morgan Wilson is the author of four previous novels featuring Benjamin Justice and is the co-author of "Blue Moon" with Peter Duchin

John Morgan Wilson is the author of four previous novels featuring Benjamin Justice and is the co-author of "Blue Moon" with Peter Duchin. He won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel for "Simple Justice" and the Lambda Literary Award for" Justice at Risk" and "The Limits of Justice," He lives in West Hollywood, California.

When a pretty-boy cokehead is murdered outside a gay bar in a working class district of Los Angeles, and a young Latino quickly confesses to the crime, it appears the case is closed. Benjamin Justice, a disgraced former reporter with the Los Angeles Times, is lured out of his alcoholic seclusion to look more deeply into the murder. But why would a teenager confess to a brutal gang initiation killing he didn't commit? Only Benjamin Justice understands, but with his credibility shattered, no one's listening.

Nobody thinks love is unimportant, but we are not as clear as we should be about what love involves, and about what it is to learn to love. This book is primarily concerned with personal love between the sexes (or between members of the same sex). It is a mixture of analytic philosophy and depth-psychology, but free from jargon and technicality. Its main aim is to help us understand the nature and value of love, and to grasp the difficulties we have to face when engaging with it.

Wilson appears to be an Educational Studies research associate with the University of Oxford. He's published at least six books on the subject of "love," and seems to perpetuate the psycho-babble and incoherence of "teachers without a clue." Not everything is far off base, but most of his ideas are rooted in myth, cultist therapy, and fantasy. I'll address myself to his most serious defects in misrepresenting some basic concepts (Chap. 4: Morality and Sharing).

Clearly, he does not understand the difference between morality and ethics, although he cites Aristotle, Hare, and Murdock, which conceptually should have made a difference. Morality is a deontological (duty) proscription (stated in the negative, usually). Ethics is a teleological (purpose-driven) prescription toward well-being, happiness, and human flourishing, which avoids excess and deficiencies (vices) for moderation (virtue). Both concern orthopraxy (right conduct), but from entirely different perspectives. If he can't be clear about such basic concepts, he should not raise them.

The only "moral duty" we can universalize is the "do no harm" principle (which he does not even mention). Hippocrates and J. S. Mill are quite clear about the "avoidance of harm" as a moral imperative. Wilson equivocates between Kant's categorical imperative and Hare's utilitarian calculus, both of which have been repudiated generally, but he cannot represent them accurately. So, his entire chapter equivocates between morality and ethics, but addresses neither, misrepresents both, and indulges unintelligibility, "as if" he knows what to tell his readers.

The "epilogue" concerns "Recovering the Self." He embraces the Cult of Therapy, which seeks self-actualization in the mental metaphysics of "self-actualization." There, one may use others to fulfill one's fulfillment, but I sure hope not. If so, it sure ain't love( maybe narcissistic self-indulgence). The "Self" in recovery of itself has no room for "others," and depth psychology of Freud, Jung, et alia, never speaks to "erotic love." They speak of "conflict," which the Cult will psychoanalyze, and "use" to achieve the ego's gratification (self). A self in love with itself ain't learning to love other than Narcissus. Eros, or desire, is "other-directed," or it is masturbatory.

Dialogue, trust, negotiation, respect, empathy, and seeing the world through your beloved's eyes who sees his world though your own eyes is the foundation of erotic love, and Robert Solomon's "Erotic Love: Emotion, Myth, and Metaphor" is far superior to Wilson's drivel. Pandering the same therapeutic pablum as "advice" that obviously does not work, or is misrepresented, or is misdirected to false orientations, is not my idea of learning anything. One does not learn to love, one grows in love. And the confused ideas posited by Wilson will only lead the reader astray.
An excellent book... it's kind of painful to see so many things you learned the hard way spelled out accurately, and without cliches or sentimentalism. A manual on how to be a person. The tone of the author is very humble, too. Highly recommended--I discovered it by accident on the library shelves.
I object a little bit to his postcript/conclusion about the purpose of sexual relationships (in terms of psychological/personal salvation) but that section is not integral to the book and doesn't at all affect the value of the rest of it.