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Unruly voices : essays on democracy, civility, and the human imagination

Author: Mark Kingwell
Publisher: [Windsor, Ontario] : Biblioasis, [2012], ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Meet the "fast zombie" citizen of the current world. He is a rapid, brainless carrier of preference-driven consumption. His Facebook-style 'likes' replace complex motions of personhood. Legacy college admissions and status seekers gobble up his idea of public education, and positional market reductions hollow out his sense of shared goods. Meanwhile, the political debates of his 24-hour news cycle are picked clean  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Kingwell
ISBN: 9781926845845 1926845846
OCLC Number: 781535888
Description: 272 pages : 1 illustration ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Incivility, zombies, and democracy's end --
All show: Justice and the city --
The American gigantic --
Masters of chancery: the gift of public space --
Retouching the void --
The tomist: Francis Fukuyama's infinite regression --
Throwing dice: Luck of the draw and the democratic ideal --
Intellectuals and democracy --
What are intellectuals for? A modest proposal in dialogue form --
"Fuck You" and other salutations: incivility as a collective action problem --
The philosopher president sets forth: a monologue --
Wage slavery, bullshit, and the good infinite --
Ways of not seeing --
Language speaks us: Sophie's tree and the paradox of self --
The trick of it: Poetry and the plane of immanence --
As it were: on the metaphysics (or ethics) of fiction --
Self-slaughter, poetry, and the interfaith blurb universe --
The (in)dividual, beyond the Uncanny Valley.
Responsibility: Mark Kingwell.

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A new collection by the author of The World We Want, with essays on civility, public space, Obama, procrastination, suicide.  Read more...

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