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In search of civilization : remaking a tarnished idea

Author: John Armstrong
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is civilization? Why do we need it? And what can civilization offer us in an age of irony? This title explores the nature and aims of civilization, examining how civilizing forces from the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Armstrong
ISBN: 9780141031064 0141031069
OCLC Number: 528397494
Notes: Originally published: Allen Lane, 2009.
Description: viii, 196 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Civilization as belonging. Bridget's question ; 'Wider still and wider' ; The clash of civilizations ; Quality of relationships ; The paradox of freedom ; The best self ; Pursuing an ideal --
pt. 2. Civilization as material progress. The office and the spire ; Efficiency ; Pro and contra ; The tower ; Flourishing ; The hierarchy of needs ; Integration --
pt. 3. Civilization as the art of living. The crooked timbers of humanity ; The beast in me ; Responding to the human condition ; Little things ; Raising up ; Barbarism ... ; ... and Decadence --
pt. 4. Civilization as spiritual prosperity. Life-giving ideas ; Down in the city ; Up at the villa ; Depth ; Higher things ; Mental space ; Our sovereign concept.
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