The Paradoxes of Unintended Consequences

The Paradoxes of Unintended Consequences

by Ralf Dahrendorf
     
 
This volume of essays is dedicated to George Soros in honor of his seventieth birthday. In their various fields of work the authors, who come from the interconnected worlds of academe, politics, and business, have each made an active contribution to the growth of the huge philanthropic empire built by Soros.

The editors chose the title The Paradoxes of Unintended

Overview

This volume of essays is dedicated to George Soros in honor of his seventieth birthday. In their various fields of work the authors, who come from the interconnected worlds of academe, politics, and business, have each made an active contribution to the growth of the huge philanthropic empire built by Soros.

The editors chose the title The Paradoxes of Unintended Consequences to encourage contributors to adopt a dialogical approach. The title also refers to the case of Giordano Bruno, itself a telling example of paradox. Burnt at the stake 400 years ago for heresy, Bruno's views were probably far more illiberal and undemocratic than the views of those who condemned him. The editors' aim was to show that any complex social process or political attempt to change people's lives will inevitably have unintended consequences, usually of a paradoxical nature. These consequences should force us to reconsider our original theory.

The volume contains a short biography of George Soros, as well as a list of his published works and philanthropic initiatives.

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Contributors from academia, politics, and business present 23 essays to honor philanthropist George Soros on his 70th birthday. They look at political, socio-intellectual, legal, economic, historical, and philosophical dimensions of his work, having been asked to take a critical and dialogical approach and to avoid hagiography. In addition are a biographical sketch, a primary bibliography of books and essays, and a list of his philanthropic initiatives. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789639241091
Publisher:
Central European University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.26(d)

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