Courting the Abyss
Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition
By (author) John Durham Peters
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Courting the Abyss by John Durham Peters
Book DescriptionHe directs us to such well-known sources as the prose and poetry of John Milton and the political and philosophical theory of John Locke, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., as well as lesser-known sources such as the theology of Paul of Tarsus. In various ways they all, he shows, envisioned an attitude of self-mastery or self-transcendence as a response to the inevitable dangers of free speech, a troubled legacy that continues to inform ruling norms about knowledge, ethical responsibility, and democracy today. A world of gigabytes, undiminished religious passion, and relentless scientific discovery calls for a fresh account of liberty that recognizes its risk and its splendor. Instead of celebrating noxious doctrine as proof of society's robustness, Courting the Abyss invites us to rethink public communication today by looking more deeply into the unfathomable mystery of liberty and evil.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226662749
(235mm x 166mm x 24mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 3-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Durham Peters
Canonic Texts in Media Research, Hardback (October 2002)
ARE THERE ANY? Many of us have our own canonic texts -- the kind that wona t go away. We tell them that their time has passed, that ita s embarrassing theya re still around, but they turn up repeatedly on our reading lists and in our bibliographies. They inspire us, haunt us, argue with us ---- but they wona t leave.
Speaking into the Air, Paperback (December 2000)» View all books by John Durham Peters
This work traces the yearning for contact not only through philosophy and literature but also by exploring the cultural reception of communication technologies from the telegraph to the radio. It is an account of a complex concept that has both shaped us and been shaped by us.
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Author Biography - John Durham Peters
John Durham Peters is the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication studies at the University of Iowa. He is coeditor of several volumes and the author of Speaking into the Air, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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