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Description - Courting the Abyss by John Durham Peters

He 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 Details

ISBN: 9780226662749
ISBN-10: 0226662748
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 166mm x mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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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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