By (author) Dana R. Villa
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Public Freedom by Dana R. Villa
Book DescriptionThe freedom to take part in civic life--whether in the exercise of one's right to vote or congregate and protest--has become increasingly less important to Americans than individual rights and liberties. In Public Freedom, renowned political theorist Dana Villa argues that political freedom is essential to both the preservation of constitutional government and the very substance of American democracy itself. Through intense close readings of theorists such as Hegel, Tocqueville, Mill, Adorno, Arendt, and Foucault, Villa diagnoses the key causes of our democratic discontent and offers solutions to preserve at least some of our democratic hopes. He demonstrates how Americans' preoccupation with a market-based conception of freedom--that is, the personal freedom to choose among different material, moral, and vocational goods--has led to the gradual erosion of meaningful public participation in politics as well as diminished interest in the health of the public realm itself. Villa critically examines, among other topics, the promise and limits of civil society and associational life as sources of democratic renewal; the effects of mass media on the public arena; and the problematic but still necessary ideas of civic competence and democratic maturity. Public Freedom is a passionate and insightful defense of political liberties at a moment in America's history when such freedoms are very much at risk.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691135946
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 11-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Dana R. Villa
Socratic Citizenship, Paperback (July 2001)
Takes issue with those who would reduce citizenship to community involvement or to political participation for its own sake. This book argues that we need to place more value on a form of conscientious, moderately alienated citizenship invented by Socrates. one that is critical in orientation and dissident in practice.
Cambridge Companion to Hannah Arendt, Paperback (November 2000)
A distinguished team of contributors examines the primary themes of Arendt's multi-faceted thought.
Politics, Philosophy, Terror, Paperback (August 1999)
Begins by focusing on some controversial aspects of Arendt's political thought. This title shows that Arendt's idea of the banality of evil - inspired by the trial of Adolf Eichmann - does not lessen the guilt of war criminals by suggesting that they are mere cogs in a bureaucratic machine.
Arendt and Heidegger, Paperback (October 1995)» View all books by Dana R. Villa
Argues that Hannah Arendt"ï¿½'s reconceptualization of the nature and value of political action has been covered over and domesticated by admirers. This book explores Arendt's modernity, and indeed her postmodernity, through the Heideggerian and Nietzschean theme of a break with tradition at the closure of metaphysics.
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Author Biography - Dana R. Villa
Dana Villa is the Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Theory at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of "Socratic Citizenship; Politics, Philosophy, Terror; and Arendt and Heidegger: The Fate of the Political" (all Princeton).
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