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On nineteen eighty-four : Orwell and our future

Author: Abbott Gleason; Jack Goldsmith; Martha Craven Nussbaum
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2005.
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George Orwell's nineteen Eighty-Fours among the most widely read books in the world. For more than 50 years, it has been regarded as a morality tale for the possible future of modern society, a future involving nothing less than extinction of humanity itself. Does nineteeFour remainourremain relevant in our new century? The editors of this book assembled a distinguished group of philosophers, literary specialists,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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On nineteen eighty-four.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2005
(DLC) 2004059507
(OCoLC)56614295
Named Person: George Orwell; George Orwell
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Abbott Gleason; Jack Goldsmith; Martha Craven Nussbaum
ISBN: 9781400826643 1400826640 9780691113609 0691113602 9780691113616 0691113610
OCLC Number: 650305538
Notes: Based on papers from a conference held in 1999.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 312 p.)
Contents: Introduction / Abbott Gleason, Martha C. Nussbaum --
A defense of poesy (the treatise of Julia) / Elaine Scarry --
Doublespeak and the minority of one / Homi K. Bhabha --
Of beasts and men: Orwell on beastliness / Margaret Drabble --
Does literature work as social science?: the case of George Orwell / Richard A. Epstein --
Puritanism and power politics during the cold war: George Orwell and historical objectivity / Abbott Gleason --
Rorty and Orwell on truth / James Conant --
From Ingsoc and Newspeak to Amcap, Amerigood, and Marketspeak / Edward S. Herman --
Mind control in Orwell's nineteen eighty-four: fictional concepts become operational realities in Jim Jones's jungle experiment / Philip G. Zimbardo --
Who do you trust? What do you count on? / Darius Rejali --Orwell versus Huxley: economics, technology, privacy, and satire / Richard A. Posner --
On the internet and the benign invasions of nineteen eighty-four / Lawrence Lessig --
The self-preventing prophecy; or, How a dose of nightmare can help tame tomorrow's perils / David Brin --
Sexual freedom and political freedom / Cass R. Sunstein --
Sex, law, power, and community / Robin West --
Nineteen eighty-four, catholicism, and the meaning of human sexuality / John Haldane --
The death of pity: Orwell and American political life / Martha C. Nussbaum.
Other Titles: On 1984
Responsibility: edited by Abbott Gleason, Jack Goldsmith, and Martha C. Nussbaum.

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George Orwell's nineteen Eighty-Fours among the most widely read books in the world. For more than 50 years, it has been regarded as a morality tale for the possible future of modern society, a future involving nothing less than extinction of humanity itself. Does nineteeFour remainourremain relevant in our new century? The editors of this book assembled a distinguished group of philosophers, literary specialists, political commentators, historians, and lawyers and asked them to take a wide-ranging and uninhibited look at that question. The editors deliberately avoided Orwell scholars in an effort to call forth a fresh and diverse range of responses to the major work of one of the most durable literary figures among twentieth-century EAs nineteenters. AsNineteen Eighty-Fourprotagonist Winston Smith has admirers on the right, in the center, and on the left, the contributors similarly represent a wide range of political, literary, and moral viewpoints. The Cold War that has so often been linked to Orwell's novel ended with more of a whimper than a bang, but most of the issues of concern to him remain alive in some form today: censorship, scientific surveillance, power worship, the autonomy of art, the meaning of democracy, relations between men and women, and many others. The contributors bring a variety of insightful and contemporary perspectives to bear on these questions.

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