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Vaclav Havel: Civic Responsibility in the Postmodern Age
     

Vaclav Havel: Civic Responsibility in the Postmodern Age

by James F. Pontuso
 

ISBN-10: 0742522563

ISBN-13: 9780742522565

Pub. Date: 10/15/2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

More than any other public figure, Václav Havel has reflected on the opportunities and dilemmas facing humankind as a result of the Communism's collapse. His life serves as an example of responsible and moral action, even at the cost of much personal suffering. In the first book to bring together Havel's life and work, James Pontuso examines the Czech president

Overview

More than any other public figure, Václav Havel has reflected on the opportunities and dilemmas facing humankind as a result of the Communism's collapse. His life serves as an example of responsible and moral action, even at the cost of much personal suffering. In the first book to bring together Havel's life and work, James Pontuso examines the Czech president's political philosophy. Pontuso argues that Havel's life as a dissident and political leader, his political writings, and his plays are part of a whole and must be understood as intimately connected to one another. In this engaging work, Pontuso skillfully explores these connections and explains Havel's prescriptions for political life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742522565
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Series:
20th Century Political Thinkers Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1A Life like a Work of Art1
2A Hesitant Philosopher15
3A Dissident in an "Unnatural" World55
4An Ironic Playwright69
5Free Markets and Civil Society: Citizen in the Global Economy123
6An "Untactical" President152
Index171
About the Author175

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