The Good Society: A personal account of its struggle with the world of social planning and adialectical inquiry into the roots of radical practice

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"Friedmann presents his readers with separate sentences and paragraphs to ponder.

These are liberally punctuated with a very personalized anthology of quotations ranging from MartinBuber to Heraclitus, T. S. Eliot to Mao Tse-Tong, and many other no less surprising juxtapositions in this kaleidoscope of the intellect.... This book confronts the reader with many dazzling provocations."—APA Journal

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"Friedmann presents his readers with separate sentences and paragraphs to ponder.

These are liberally punctuated with a very personalized anthology of quotations ranging from MartinBuber to Heraclitus, T. S. Eliot to Mao Tse-Tong, and many other no less surprising juxtapositions in this kaleidoscope of the intellect.... This book confronts the reader with many dazzling provocations."—APA Journal

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"Any new book by John Friedmann warrants the attention of planners. His contributions to the field have been notable, reflecting his active involvement in the practice of planning alongside a deep and critical sensitivity as an academic to theoretical and philosophical issues.... Friedmann presents his readers with separate sentences and paragraphs to ponder. These are liberally punctuated with a very personalized anthology of quotations ranging from Martin Buber to Heraclitus,T. S. Eliot to Mao Tse-Tong, and many other no less surprising juxtapositions in this kaleidoscope of the intellect.... This book confronts the reader with many dazzling provocations." APA Journal

"The author of eight other books and a consultant to several governments, Friedmann brings to this philosophical work impeccable credentials as a social-planning theorist and practitioner.... What emerges in Friedmann"s account is a portrait of the small group that embodies the Good Society in its radical practice.... Like most of Paul Goodman"s writings and like Illich"s Celebration of Awareness, Friedmann"s book sings sweetly of free, human, face-to-face communities that can be made now." - Winterthur Portfolio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262560245
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/1982
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE p.xi
1 INTENTION AND MEANING
Idea and Practice of the Good Society p.3
The World of n and n+1 p.4
Axial Dimensions of Value p.8
The Living Presence of the Good Society p.14
2 THE MASTERY OF HISTORY p.19
The Theory of Social Planning p.19
Model Fetishism: An Epistemological Critique p.23
A Critical View of Forecasting p.28
Radical Social Practice: A First Approach p.37
The Contradiction Between Radical Practice and Social Planning p.41
Revolutionary Practice p.43
3 THE FOURFOLD PATH OF RADICAL PRACTICE p.51
Elements of Radical Practice p.51
On Social Values p.53
On the Theory of Reality p.57
On Political Strategy p.63
On Collective Action and Social Learning p.69
Coda p.73
4 CONCEPTIONS OF HUMAN NATURE AND SOCIETY
The Possibilities of Being Human p.79
Individualism, Communication, Collectivism p.81
Realizaton and Intention p.92
5 IMAGES OF THE GOOD SOCIETY
On Dialogue p.103
On Scale and Relation p.112
The Perennial Society p.120
Forbidden Thoughts p.128
6 THE LOSS AND RECOVERY OF SELF
The Loss of Self p.137
The Recovery of Self p.152
7 THE PRACTICE OF GOOD SOCIETY
Radical Practice and its Tasks p.159
Experimental Settings p.167
On Method p.172
Coda p.180
BIBLIOGRAPHY p.183
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS p.197
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