On Settling

On Settling

by Robert E. Goodin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691148457

ISBN-13: 9780691148458

Pub. Date: 09/16/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"This is a profound book by one of our very best social philosophers. It is a must-read in the age of unrealistic expectations and unyielding demands by extremists. It speaks both to our personal lives and to our public lives, as citizens and voters. Above all, one wishes our public leaders would heed it."—Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule

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"This is a profound book by one of our very best social philosophers. It is a must-read in the age of unrealistic expectations and unyielding demands by extremists. It speaks both to our personal lives and to our public lives, as citizens and voters. Above all, one wishes our public leaders would heed it."—Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule

"Settling is not addressed at length anywhere in philosophy, but after reading this book one wonders 'why not?' Engaging, elegant, and edifying, this terrific book shows the importance of settling, and the varieties of settling that people routinely engage in."—Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona State University

"This is an intellectually stimulating and entertaining book on a neglected subject: the value of settling. Clearly and accessibly written, it should appeal to a wide range of readers."—Catherine Lu, McGill University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148458
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/16/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction1

One • Modes of Settling 5
Where This Is Heading 5
Settling Down 7
Settling In 17
Settling Up 20
Settling For 25
Settling One's Affairs 27
Settling On: The Master Notion 27

Two • The Value of Settling 30
Settling as an Aid to Planning and Agency 31
Settling, Commitment, Trust, and Confidence 37
Settling the Social Fabric 44

Three • What Settling Is Not 51
Settling Is Not Just Compromising 52
Settling Is Not Just Conservatism 57
Settling Is Not Just Resignation 60

Four • Settling in Aid of Striving 63
Settling in Order to Strive 64
What Strivings Require Settling, and Why 66
When to Switch between One and the Other, and Why 68

Conclusions 74

Notes 75
References 93
Index 107

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