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On kindness

Author: Adam Phillips; Barbara Taylor
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American edition, 2009View all editions and formats
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"In this brilliant book, [authors] examine the pleasures and perils of kindness. Modern people have been taught to perceive ourselves as fundamentally antagonistic to one another, our motives self-seeking. Drawing on intellectual history, literature, psychoanalysis, and contemporary social theory, this book explains how and why we have chosen loneliness over connection. On Kindess argues that a life lived in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Phillips; Barbara Taylor
ISBN: 9780374226503 0374226504
OCLC Number: 260231121
Notes: "Originally published in slightly different form in 2009 by Hamish Hamilton, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
"A portion of the chapter "A Short History of Kindness" originally appeared, in slightly different form, in The Believer"--Title page verso.
Description: 115 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Against kindness --
A short history of kindness --
How kind? --
The kindness instinct --
Modern kindness.
Responsibility: Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor.
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"In this brilliant book, [authors] examine the pleasures and perils of kindness. Modern people have been taught to perceive ourselves as fundamentally antagonistic to one another, our motives self-seeking. Drawing on intellectual history, literature, psychoanalysis, and contemporary social theory, this book explains how and why we have chosen loneliness over connection. On Kindess argues that a life lived in instinctive, sympathetic identification with others is the one we should allow ourselves to live."--Cover.

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