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Acts of hope : creating authority in literature, law, and politics

Author: James Boyd White
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994.
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To which institutions or social practices should we grant authority? When should we instead assert our own sense of what is right or good or necessary? In this book, James Boyd White shows how texts by some of our most important thinkers and writers, including Plato, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Mandela, and Lincoln, answer these questions, not in the abstract, but in the way they wrestle with the claims of the world and  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Boyd White
ISBN: 0226895106 9780226895109 0226895114 9780226895116
OCLC Number: 30079214
Description: xv, 322 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Plato's Crito: the authority of law and philosophy --
Shakespeare's Richard II: imagining the modern world --
Hooker's preface to the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie: constituting authority in argument --
Hale's "Considerations touching the Amendment or Alteration of Lawes": determining the authority of the past --
Planned Parenthood v. Casey: legal judgment as an ethical and cultural art --
Austen's Mansfield Park: making the self out of--and against--the culture --
Dickinson's poetry: transforming the authority of language --
Mandela's speech from the dock and Lincoln's second inaugural address: giving meaning to life in an unjust world.
Responsibility: James Boyd White.
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This work argues that texts by important thinkers teach us how to read and judge claims of authority made by others upon us; how to decide to which institutions and practices we should grant  Read more...


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