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    inhabits these roles

    Quote from a Harvard open course:
    We all approach our circumstance as bearers of particular social identities. I am someone’s son or daughter, a citizen of this or that city, I belong to this clan, that tribe, this nation". "Hence", Maclntyre argues, "what is good for me, has to be the good for someone who inhabits these roles.

    As far as I know 'inhabit' means 'live or dwell in a place', can it be refered to "roles" ?
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    Re: inhabits these roles

    Well, it just has been. What can you do about it? It's a loose, or perhaps metaphorical, use of the term.

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    Re: inhabits these roles

    It's the first time I have seen the phrase used.

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    Re: inhabits these roles

    Me too.

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    Re: inhabits these roles

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's the first time I have seen the phrase used.
    I google 'inhabit these roles' ,and happened to see the phrased used by David Emerald Womeldorff in his book 'The Power of TED*',quote,
    'When you inhabit any of these three roles, you're reacting to fear of victimhood, loss of control, or loss of purpose. You're always looking outside yourself, to the people and circumstances of life, for a sense of safety, security, and sanity.'
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    Re: inhabits these roles

    The meaning's clear enough and if I heard it used in a context like this talk, it wouldn't stand out, but I think it could sound odd in everyday conversation.

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