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The politics of sincerity : Plato, frank speech, and democratic judgment

Author: Elizabeth Markovits
Publisher: University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Elizabeth Markovits argues that the search for sincerity in the public arena actually constitutes a dangerous distraction from more important concerns, including factual truth and the ethical import of political statements." "Her argument takes her back to an examination of the Greek notion of parrhesia (frank speech), and she draws from her study of the Platonic dialogues a nuanced understanding of this ancient  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Markovits
ISBN: 9780271033396 0271033398
OCLC Number: 169873529
Description: x, 234 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The trouble with being earnest --
Midwiving Socrates --
Socratic irony and the art of politics --
Citizen judgment and myth in the Republic --
Beyond sincerity : truth, trust, and judgment in democratic life.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Markovits.
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A growing frustration with doublespeak, and outright lying by public officials has resulted in a deep public cynicism regarding politics. This title argues that the search for sincerity in the public  Read more...

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