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The Resource Public goods, private goods, Raymond Geuss

Public goods, private goods, Raymond Geuss

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Public goods, private goods
Title
Public goods, private goods
Statement of responsibility
Raymond Geuss
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Much political thinking today, particularly that influenced by liberalism, assumes a clear distinction between the public and the private, and holds that the correct understanding of this distinction should weigh heavily in our attitude to human goods. It is widely held, for instance, that the state may address human action in the "public" realm but not in the "private." In Public Goods, Private Goods Raymond Geuss exposes the profound flaws of such thinking and calls for a more nuanced approach. Drawing on a series of colorful examples from the ancient world, he illustrates some of the many ways in which actions can in fact be understood as public or private
  • The first chapter discusses Diogenes the Cynic, who flouted conventions about what should be public and what should be private by, among other things, masturbating in the Athenian marketplace. Next comes an analysis of Julius Caesar's decision to defy the Senate by crossing the Rubicon with his army; in doing so, Caesar asserted his dignity as a private person while acting in a public capacity. The third chapter considers St. Augustine's retreat from public life to contemplate his own, private spiritual condition. In the fourth, Geuss goes on to examine recent liberal views, questioning, in particular, common assumptions about the importance of public dialogue and the purportedly unlimited possibilities humans have for reaching consensus. He suggests that the liberal concern to maintain and protect, even at a very high cost, an inviolable "private sphere" for each individual is confused
  • Geuss concludes that a view of politics and morality derived from Hobbes and Nietzsche is a more realistic and enlightening way than modern liberalism to think about human goods. Ultimately, he cautions, a simplistic understanding of privacy leads to simplistic ideas about what the state is and is not justified in doing
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DLC
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Geuss, Raymond
Index
index present
LC call number
JC574
LC item number
.G48 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Princeton monographs in philosophy
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  • Liberalism
  • Political ethics
  • Moral conditions
Label
Public goods, private goods, Raymond Geuss
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-144) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Spiritual and the Private
  • p. 55.
  • Chapter V.
  • Liberalism
  • p. 75
  • Chapter II.
  • Shamelessness and the Public World
  • p. 12.
  • Chapter III.
  • Res Publica
  • p. 34.
  • Chapter IV.
  • The
Control code
45879557
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
viii, 148 pages
Isbn
9780691089034
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001021991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Public goods, private goods, Raymond Geuss
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-144) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Spiritual and the Private
  • p. 55.
  • Chapter V.
  • Liberalism
  • p. 75
  • Chapter II.
  • Shamelessness and the Public World
  • p. 12.
  • Chapter III.
  • Res Publica
  • p. 34.
  • Chapter IV.
  • The
Control code
45879557
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
viii, 148 pages
Isbn
9780691089034
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001021991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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