Human Goodness

Human Goodness

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by Yi-Fu Tuan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0299226700

ISBN-13: 9780299226701

Pub. Date: 03/17/2008

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press


In his many best-selling books, Yi-Fu Tuan seizes big, metaphysical issues and considers them in uniquely accessible ways. Human Goodness is evidence of this talent and is both as simple, and as epic, as it sounds.
            Genuinely good people and their actions, Tuan contends, are far from

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In his many best-selling books, Yi-Fu Tuan seizes big, metaphysical issues and considers them in uniquely accessible ways. Human Goodness is evidence of this talent and is both as simple, and as epic, as it sounds.
            Genuinely good people and their actions, Tuan contends, are far from boring, naive, and trite; they are complex, varied, and enormously exciting. In a refreshing antidote to skeptical times, he writes of ordinary human courtesies, as simple as busing your dishes after eating, that make society functional and livable. And he writes of extraordinary courage and inventiveness under the weight of adversity and evil. He considers the impact of communal goodness over time, and his sketches of six very different individuals—Confucius, Socrates, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Keats, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and Simone Weil—confirm that there are human lives that can encourage and lead us to our better selves.
 
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299226701
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
03/17/2008
Series:
Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Vignettes: Range and Variety of Goodness     3
Doing Good in the Midst of Evil     69
Good Individuals: Their Life Stories     80
Reflections     182
Notes     213
Index     223

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