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Graceful Simplicity: The Philosophy and Politics of the Alternative American Dream / Edition 1

Graceful Simplicity: The Philosophy and Politics of the Alternative American Dream / Edition 1

by Jerome M. Segal
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Despite the United States' economic abundance, "the good life" has proved elusive. Millions long for more time for friends and family, for reading or walking or relaxing.
Instead our lives are frantic, hectic, and harried.
In Graceful Simplicity, Jerome M. Segal, philosopher, political activist, and former staff member of the House Budget Committee, expands and deepens the contemporary discourse on simple living. He articulates his conception of a politics of simplicity—one rooted in beauty, peace of mind, appreciativeness, and generosity of spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520236004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/30/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 289
Sales rank: 1,167,305
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jerome M. Segal is the author of Agency and Alienation: A Theory of Human Presence (1991) and Creating the Palestinian State: A Strategy for Peace (1989), and coauthor of Negotiating Jerusalem (2000). He is Senior Research Scholar at the University of Maryland
Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Editionxi
Part IToward a Politics of Simplicity
Chapter 1Two Ways of Thinking About Money3
Chapter 2Individualistic Strategies for Simple Living23
Chapter 3The Money We Need45
Chapter 4The Politics of Simplicity73
Chapter 5How Did We Get Where We Are?119
Part IIToward a Philosophy of Simple Living
Chapter 6Graceful Living159
Chapter 7Graceful Living and Retreating from the World180
Chapter 8Graceful Opulence versus Graceful Simplicity200
Chapter 9Are We Simple Creatures?214
Chapter 10The Monetary Illusion228
Conclusion: Economic Life for the Twenty-first Century247

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