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Moral imagination

Author: David Bromwich
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Spanning many historical and literary contexts, Moral Imagination brings together a dozen recent essays by one of America's premier cultural critics. David Bromwich explores the importance of imagination and sympathy to suggest how these faculties may illuminate the motives of human action and the reality of justice. These wide-ranging essays address thinkers and topics from Gandhi and Martin Luther King on  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Bromwich
ISBN: 9780691161419 0691161410 1400850010 9781400850013
OCLC Number: 861666263
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Short-listed for PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, Pen American Center 2015
Short-listed for "The Times Higher Education Supplement"'s Books of the Year 2014
Description: xxiv, 350 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Moral imagination --
A dissent on cultural identity --
The meaning of patriotism in 1789 --
Lincoln and Whitman as representative Americans --
Lincoln's constitutional necessity --
Shakespeare, Lincoln, and ambition --
The American psychosis --
How publicity makes people real --
The self-deceptions of empire --
What is the West? --
Holy terror and civilized terror --
Comments on perpetual war --
Cheney's law --
Euphemism and violence --
William Safire: wars made out of words --
What 9/11 makes us forget --
The Snowden case.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: David Bromwich.

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