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For common things : irony, trust, and commitment in America today

Author: Jedediah Purdy
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1999.
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"Jedediah Purdy persuasively argues the necessity and satisfactions of social and political reengagement and of renewed attention to the "common things" we all have a stake in: the environment, education, culture, law, and government. Drawing on a wide range of sources - from Thoreau to Seinfeld - he contemplates such questions as the use of irony in popular culture, the breakdown of our political processes, and the  Read more...
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Purdy, Jedediah, 1974-
For common things.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 1999
(OCoLC)646867670
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jedediah Purdy
ISBN: 0375407081 9780375407086
OCLC Number: 41326261
Description: xxiii, 226 pages ; 20 cm
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.
Responsibility: Jedediah Purdy.
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"Jedediah Purdy persuasively argues the necessity and satisfactions of social and political reengagement and of renewed attention to the "common things" we all have a stake in: the environment, education, culture, law, and government. Drawing on a wide range of sources - from Thoreau to Seinfeld - he contemplates such questions as the use of irony in popular culture, the breakdown of our political processes, and the moral and legal dilemmas posed by technological advances. In these and other discussions, he lures us away from disbelief and detachment toward a sincere devotion to the healing and betterment of society."--Jacket.

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