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For Common Things Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today

ISBN-10: 0375706917
ISBN-13: 9780375706912
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jedediah Purdy
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Description: Jedediah Purdy callsFor Common Thingshis "letter of love for the world's possibilities." Indeed, these pages--which have already garnered a flurry of attention among readers and in the media--constitute a passionate and persuasive testament to the  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/12/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Jedediah Purdy callsFor Common Thingshis "letter of love for the world's possibilities." Indeed, these pages--which have already garnered a flurry of attention among readers and in the media--constitute a passionate and persuasive testament to the value of political, social, and community reengagement. Drawing on a wide range of literary and cultural influences--from the writings of Montaigne and Thoreau to the recent popularity of empty entertainment and breathless chroniclers of the technological age--Purdy raises potent questions about our stewardship of civic values. Most important, Purdy offers us an engaging, honest, and bracing reminder of what is crucial to the healing and betterment of society, and impels us to consider all that we hold in common.

Geoffrey L. Buckley is an associate professor in the department of geography and the Program in Environmental Studies at Ohio University. He is the author ofExtracting Appalachia: Images of the Consolidation Coal Company, 1910ndash;1945andAmericarsquo;s Conservation Impulse: Saving Trees in the Old Line State. Michele Morrone is an associate professor of environmental health sciences and director of Environmental Studies at Ohio University. Her publications includeSound Science, Junk Policy: Environmental Health and the Decisionmaking ProcessandPoisons on Our Plates: The Real Food Safety Problem in the United States. 

Preface
Introduction
Avoiding the World
The Absence of Politics
The Practice of the Public
The Law of the Land: Political Choice and Attentiveness
The Neighbor and the Machine: Technology and Responsibility
Irony and Ecstasy
Afterword to the Vintage Edition
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index

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