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The topic of "Chastity" brings up a nexus of related considerations such as moral ambiguity, the instability of moral value and ethical choices, the inner life and its reflexive relationship to itself, of vices masquerading as virtues, or as virtues treated as vices, and the repercussions of loss of innocence; of contempt, anger, pride, all subsumed under the guise of humility, and finally, what can be seen as a certain paralysis of the soul that becomes encased, even imprisoned within, irreconcilable moral dilemmas. These are inner states-juxtapositions to be explored within the discipline of moral philosophy as well as within the development of characters in novels-involving the impact of perception upon consciousness, but cultural conventions as well. The topic of "Chastity" is interactive. This introductory chapter of the book presents an overview of how other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords:chastity; moral ambiguity



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