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Crazy hope and finite experience : final essays of Paul Goodman

Author: Paul Goodman; Taylor Stoehr
Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, ©1994.
Series: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland publication.
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From the publication of Growing Up Absurd in 1960 until his death in 1972, Paul Goodman had the ear of the young radicals of the New Left, pouring forth books and articles on education, technology, decentralization, and of course, the war in Vietnam. Yet Goodman saw himself primarily as an artist rather than a political thinker or sociologist, and many of his books, even during the 1960s, were works of poetry,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Goodman, Paul, 1911-1972.
Crazy hope and finite experience.
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c1994
(OCoLC)624474373
Named Person: Paul Goodman; Paul Goodman; Paul (Soziologe) Goodman; Paul Goodman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Goodman; Taylor Stoehr
ISBN: 0787900168 9780787900168
OCLC Number: 30072636
Notes: Spine title: Crazy hope & finite experience.
"A Gestalt Institute of Cleveland publication"--P. [ii].
Description: ix, 144 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Sources and Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
ONE: Within My Horizon --
TWO: Politics Within Limits --
THREE: Beyond My Horizon - Words --
FOUR: Being Queer --
FIVE: Apology for Literature --
The Editor.
Series Title: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland publication.
Other Titles: Crazy hope & finite experience.
Responsibility: Taylor Stoehr, editor.

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From the publication of Growing Up Absurd in 1960 until his death in 1972, Paul Goodman had the ear of the young radicals of the New Left, pouring forth books and articles on education, technology, decentralization, and of course, the war in Vietnam. Yet Goodman saw himself primarily as an artist rather than a political thinker or sociologist, and many of his books, even during the 1960s, were works of poetry, drama, and fiction. He had also practiced as a psychotherapist and joined with Frederick Perls and Ralph Hefferline in producing a new synthesis in psychological thought, Gestalt therapy, which has since become an international movement. In an age of specialization, few writers have taken on so broad a range of concerns. Crazy Hope and Finite Experience is a final summing up of the thought and life of this self-described "old-fashioned man of letters." This book brings together for the first time five personal essays, all written near the end of his life, in which Goodman discusses his sense of the world and how he was "in" it, his politics, his spiritual and religious attitude, his sexuality, and his calling as a literary artist. For those already familiar with one or another aspect of his work, Goodman's self-assessment will provide new insight into the credo that underlies his whole career. For those learning about him for the first time, it offers a vivid sense of the man and his perspective. And for psychotherapists - especially Gestalt therapists - the book will fill in the picture of Goodman as a theorist whose work was crucial to the development of a new approach to therapy.

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