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tr.v. cir·cum·scribed, cir·cum·scrib·ing, cir·cum·scribes
1. To draw a line around; encircle.
a. To form or mark the limits of; delineate: The hedge circumscribes the property.
b. To limit narrowly; restrict: Their plans were circumscribed by a lack of money. See Synonyms at limit.
a. To enclose (a polygon or polyhedron) within a configuration of lines, curves, or surfaces so that every vertex of the enclosed object is incident on the enclosing configuration.
b. To erect (such a configuration) around a polygon or polyhedron: circumscribe a circle around a square.

[Middle English circumscriben, from Latin circumscrībere : circum-, circum- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]

cir′cum·scrib′a·ble adj.
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If we were drawing lines in the sand, Carter would have landed (gleefully) far outside the camps of, say, Carol Gilligan or Andrea Dworkin--all the while, though, lodging legitimate protests that she was not circumscribable, nor indeed on anyone's side.
This sentence coming early in the (typographically) normal portion of the chapter presents readers with a tool to read what follows as it describes an attitude on Nathan's part not circumscribable to the events at hand--the adverb "even," in fact, gestures to a typical way to go about things that embraces other emotional situations and, more broadly, life itself.
To think of the living as an act of the infinitive "to live," to think of it as a "first" act and, therefore, as an act un- circumscribable by any overarching view (theological or scientific), means to remove the living in act from the number of things we are called to judge.