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For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today

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Jedediah Purdy calls For Common Things his "letter of love for the world's possibilities." Indeed, these pages--which have already garnered a flurry of attention among readers and in the media--constitute a passionate and persuasive testament to the value of political, social, and community reengagement. Drawing on a wide range of literary and cultural influences--from the writings of Montaigne and Thoreau to the recent popularity of empty entertainment and breathless chroniclers of the technological age--Purdy raises potent questions about our stewardship of civic values.

Most important, Purdy offers us an engaging, honest, and bracing reminder of what is crucial to the healing and betterment of society, and impels us to consider all that we hold in common.

Synopsis:

Calling for a renewed commitment to and faith in American political and civic life, a blueprint for a sound society assesses the satisfaction of social and political reengagement as it examines such topics as the breakdown of the political process and the ethical and legal complexities of technological development. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

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Jedediah Purdy calls For Common Things his "letter of love for the world's possibilities." Indeed, these

About the Author

\A Harvard graduate who was home schooled in rural West Virginia until he was fourteen, Jedediah Purdy currently studies law, environment, and social values at Yale.

Table of Contents

Avoiding the world — The absence of politics — The practice of the public — The law of the land: political choice and attentiveness — The neighbor and the machine: technology and responsibility — Irony and ecstasy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307757272
Subtitle:
Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Purdy, Jedediah
Author:
Jedediah Purdy
Subject:
Philosophy : History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Political Science : Political Ideologies - General
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
American
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Civics
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Social participation
Subject:
Social action
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Politics-United States Culture
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20000912
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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"Synopsis" by , Calling for a renewed commitment to and faith in American political and civic life, a blueprint for a sound society assesses the satisfaction of social and political reengagement as it examines such topics as the breakdown of the political process and the ethical and legal complexities of technological development. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Jedediah Purdy calls For Common Things his "letter of love for the world's possibilities." Indeed, these
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