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Democracy, Rights and Freedoms: What Are They? What Good Are They?
     

Democracy, Rights and Freedoms: What Are They? What Good Are They?

by Dan Lyons
 
Democracy, rights and freedoms – we treat these words as sacred, but our society has changed, and the value of these concepts may be changing as well. This analysis of the logic of actions, freedoms, powers and rights examines the arrival of a new American – the «Kidult». Increasing traits of childishness and heedlessness, accompanied by

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Democracy, rights and freedoms – we treat these words as sacred, but our society has changed, and the value of these concepts may be changing as well. This analysis of the logic of actions, freedoms, powers and rights examines the arrival of a new American – the «Kidult». Increasing traits of childishness and heedlessness, accompanied by advanced «technology for dummies», produce half-educated vandals such as Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh. Wide freedoms, coupled with technology’s «downhill» tendencies, can put society – and democracy – in danger. This conservative (but not right-wing) book suggests that democracy, rights and freedoms are not absolute goods, but should be valued by their likely results in our situation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820445137
Publisher:
Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Studies in Theoretical and Applied Ethic , #3
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Dan Lyons received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and teaches philosophy at Colorado State University. He has also taught at the University of Glasgow, and has done research at Edinburgh. Dr. Lyons is the author of Strutting and Fretting: Standards for Self-Esteem with Jann Benson, and has also published in philosophical, legal and psychological journals, in addition to devising computer programs for teaching informal logic. He formerly worked as a farmhand, a magazine salesman, a Korean war clerk, a dungaree factory worker, a local political activist and a Dominican novice.

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