On the Public
By (author) Alastair Hannay
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On the Public by Alastair Hannay
Book DescriptionThe media often talk about public opinion, the 'American' or 'British' public, or the movie-going public. A public can hold an opinion and be divided. What is the public and where did it come from? Is there one public or many? Is the very idea of the public a myth? In this fascinating book, Alastair Hannay explores these questions and unpacks a much talked about but little understood phenomenon. He begins by tracing the origins of the public back to ancient Rome, before arguing that the idea of a public sphere is closely linked to the birth of democracy in the eighteenth century. He also reflects on the Enlightenment and the origins of public opinion, as well as considering the role of the media in creating and manipulating the public, and asks whether the very idea of the public might be uprooted and undermined by the Internet and global technology. Engaging and controversial in equal measure, On the Public also draws on famous thinkers who have written about the public, such as Kierkegaard, Hannah Arendt, John Dewey and Jurgen Habermas.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415327930
(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alastair Hannay
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The first new translation of Kierkegaard's masterwork in a generation brings to vivid life this essential work of modern philosophy.
Fear and Trembling, Hardback (November 2014)» View all books by Alastair Hannay
Includes detailed notes to complement the analysis of religion, and a chronology. The author expounds his personal view of religion through a discussion of the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son Isaac at God's command.
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Author Biography - Alastair Hannay
Alastair Hannay is Emeritus Professor of philosophy at the University of Oslo. He is the author of many books, including Mental Images and Kierkegaard. He has translated several of Kierkegaard's works for Penguin Classics and was for many years the editor of the journal Inquiry, also published by Routledge.
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